Nigel Worthington faces choice between Nick Pope and Michael Ingham for goalkeeper's shirt

Michael Ingham

Nick Pope

First published in Sport

YORK City boss Nigel Worthington has admitted that choosing between the returning Nick Pope and long-serving goalkeeper Michael Ingham will be a tough call when he names his team to face Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

Pope, 21, has come back to Bootham Crescent for a second loan spell from Charlton after his first was cut short just two games in by an injury to Ben Hamer at his parent club.

Former Northern Ireland international Ingham, who has never been dropped by the Minstermen either during a loan spell in 2003, or following his permanent move from Hereford five years later, was crocked as Pope played between the sticks against Southend and Morecambe in November.

But now Worthington is facing a straight choice between the pair.

Confessed the City manager: “It’s a very, very close contest and I will be taking the next 24 hours to mull everything over and make the right decision.

“Competition is always healthy and, if anybody drops their standards now, there is somebody of reasonable to very good ability, right through the squad, ready to step in and then it’s up to them.

“Nick did very well here before and left a very good impression on and off the pitch so I am very pleased to bring somebody with his quality and ability into the group to work alongside Michael.”

Pope’s arrival follows the signings of John McCombe, Russell Penn, Adam Reed and Shaq McDonald since the turn of the year.

Centre-back Keith Lowe’s loan move from Cheltenham has also been turned into a permanent switch during that time but Worthington revealed City could still make further additions before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.He said: “We are always looking around and the chairman is up for doing more business so, while he is, so am I. If there’s somebody out there who can make us better, then we will look to do something.”

Following three consecutive victories, meanwhile, the City chief has warned his players against complacency and challenged the 14th-placed team to target a top-half place in the Sky Bet League Two standings.

“We have got to stay focused,” Worthington pointed out.

“You cannot think you can put your feet up after three games because the game of football has a nasty habit of slapping you in the face.

“You have to keep turning the screw if you want to do anything in a positive manner.

“If you don’t keep winning, you stand still and we are looking to put distance between ourselves and the bottom part of the league while also trying to play catch up with the top half of the table.

“It’s our aim to be in that top half and I think that’s a realistic target because the performances over the season, aside from one or two blips, have been reasonably good.”

Tomorrow’s match will represent the fifth time Worthington has tackled former City manager John Ward’s Rovers side since taking charge at Bootham Crescent.

The Minstermen have not won any of those encounters, which have resulted in two draws and a pair of defeats with Worthington expecting better standards than his side mustered in the last meeting – the 3-2 home defeat in a first round FA Cup replay.

City trailed by three goals after 50 minutes on that night and Worthington said: “Three of the games we have had have been close but, in the replay, we embarrassed ourselves for an hour perhaps more than Bristol Rovers embarrassed us, so I think we owe ourselves to put in a good performance rather than owing them one.

“For the last 30 minutes in the cup game, we were the York City that has got some good results and we have got to start like that tomorrow.”

Sander Puri is out of the Pirates’ visit with a minor knee ligament complaint but City have no other injury concerns other than long-term casualty Dan Parslow.

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11:59am Fri 17 Jan 14

TheBurton says...

It's a no brainer for me. Got to be Ingham in goal. You don't just drop a long serving player like Ingham unless injured or his performances drop.
It's a no brainer for me. Got to be Ingham in goal. You don't just drop a long serving player like Ingham unless injured or his performances drop. TheBurton
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12:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

If there is any justice it would be a very simple decision. Michael Ingham (after keeping goal for our three straight wins) to continue in goal, and Nick Pope to be on the bench. But we all know that football Managers dont do the obvious, so it could be the other way round. Interesting to read that the Chairman is still up for doing more business, so we could see even more transfer activity before the window closes.
If there is any justice it would be a very simple decision. Michael Ingham (after keeping goal for our three straight wins) to continue in goal, and Nick Pope to be on the bench. But we all know that football Managers dont do the obvious, so it could be the other way round. Interesting to read that the Chairman is still up for doing more business, so we could see even more transfer activity before the window closes. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 3

12:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ian923 says...

Either keeper will do a good job and Ingham has the shirt at the moment so should keep it till he plays badly. Bowman must not try to settle any scores in this game. We have enough quality all over the field to win this game without a problem.
Either keeper will do a good job and Ingham has the shirt at the moment so should keep it till he plays badly. Bowman must not try to settle any scores in this game. We have enough quality all over the field to win this game without a problem. ian923
  • Score: 3

12:33pm Fri 17 Jan 14

RooBeck says...

Would be harsh on Inghy if he is dropped for to-morrow's game. NW has surely got to let him keep the jersey, based on his current form since New Year's Day but Michael will need to stay consistent and on top form. This is a good move by the manager, if he plays his hand right - we don't want a dis-illusioned Michael Ingham. COYR.
Would be harsh on Inghy if he is dropped for to-morrow's game. NW has surely got to let him keep the jersey, based on his current form since New Year's Day but Michael will need to stay consistent and on top form. This is a good move by the manager, if he plays his hand right - we don't want a dis-illusioned Michael Ingham. COYR. RooBeck
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1:22pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Tiggster says...

Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win?????????
Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win????????? Tiggster
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1:25pm Fri 17 Jan 14

tips says...

TheBurton wrote:
It's a no brainer for me. Got to be Ingham in goal. You don't just drop a long serving player like Ingham unless injured or his performances drop.
Fully agree but Michael now has real competition for his place so it should spur him on to produce his very best..Young Pope will get his chance sometime and has a long career ahead of him.
Hoping for a good turnout tomorrow to roar the lads on to victory.
[quote][p][bold]TheBurton[/bold] wrote: It's a no brainer for me. Got to be Ingham in goal. You don't just drop a long serving player like Ingham unless injured or his performances drop.[/p][/quote]Fully agree but Michael now has real competition for his place so it should spur him on to produce his very best..Young Pope will get his chance sometime and has a long career ahead of him. Hoping for a good turnout tomorrow to roar the lads on to victory. tips
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1:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

yorknomadssociety says...

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2:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

dbrs88 says...

For me Ingham starts.. need his experience out there. Even if this lad is a "different class", Ingham and TY should have a great understanding by now!

Does that mean smithy is not injured... hmm can see him heading out of the club fairly soon... On his day he's very good but has let himself down with a few indifferent displays and some rather petulant behaviour IMO.

Looking forward to tomorrows clash....COYR
For me Ingham starts.. need his experience out there. Even if this lad is a "different class", Ingham and TY should have a great understanding by now! Does that mean smithy is not injured... hmm can see him heading out of the club fairly soon... On his day he's very good but has let himself down with a few indifferent displays and some rather petulant behaviour IMO. Looking forward to tomorrows clash....COYR dbrs88
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3:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

T.R.M1974 says...

The way in which Worthington speaks i think Pope will be between the sticks sooner rather than later. It's upto M.I to keep up his good form , but will it last?
The way in which Worthington speaks i think Pope will be between the sticks sooner rather than later. It's upto M.I to keep up his good form , but will it last? T.R.M1974
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3:42pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Phil, Leeds says...

Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now.
Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now. Phil, Leeds
  • Score: 2

4:02pm Fri 17 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now.
YES spot on Phil.. But there is the longer view of where the club wants to be in 2/3 yrs time, Young Pope may want to stay and we might want to keep him,
if I was NW/Chairman I might be inclined to spend a few bob while the irons hot, long term he fits the bill , long term MI wont come into the equation .hes been a great servant to the club but no sentiment here just reality.
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now.[/p][/quote]YES spot on Phil.. But there is the longer view of where the club wants to be in 2/3 yrs time, Young Pope may want to stay and we might want to keep him, if I was NW/Chairman I might be inclined to spend a few bob while the irons hot, long term he fits the bill , long term MI wont come into the equation .hes been a great servant to the club but no sentiment here just reality. bill bailey
  • Score: 7

4:53pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Justin7 says...

Igny for now, for sure.
Igny for now, for sure. Justin7
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

JUST SEEN LUKE O'NEILL has signed for SOUTHEND.
JUST SEEN LUKE O'NEILL has signed for SOUTHEND. bill bailey
  • Score: -1

5:23pm Fri 17 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

Tiggster wrote:
Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win?????????
I got 14/1 for 4-2 a month ago . I want it for a 3-timmer. then i'm off.
[quote][p][bold]Tiggster[/bold] wrote: Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win?????????[/p][/quote]I got 14/1 for 4-2 a month ago . I want it for a 3-timmer. then i'm off. bill bailey
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5:25pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Mickey T says...

Luke O'Neill is a 30 day emergency loan. On thegoalkeeping debate for me I would put the better of the two keepers in between the sticks if I was the manager. IMO that is Pope.

But that is only my opinion.
Luke O'Neill is a 30 day emergency loan. On thegoalkeeping debate for me I would put the better of the two keepers in between the sticks if I was the manager. IMO that is Pope. But that is only my opinion. Mickey T
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5:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

billoofyork says...

Yes O'Neill to Southend. One month loan so may not be there when when we play them in Feb.
As for the GK situation - this is not even a story. Just the Press pointing out the obvious that there will now be a keeper on the bench with pressure on Ingy to keep his standards up
Yes O'Neill to Southend. One month loan so may not be there when when we play them in Feb. As for the GK situation - this is not even a story. Just the Press pointing out the obvious that there will now be a keeper on the bench with pressure on Ingy to keep his standards up billoofyork
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8:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Edsoni says...

bill bailey wrote:
Phil, Leeds wrote: Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now.
YES spot on Phil.. But there is the longer view of where the club wants to be in 2/3 yrs time, Young Pope may want to stay and we might want to keep him, if I was NW/Chairman I might be inclined to spend a few bob while the irons hot, long term he fits the bill , long term MI wont come into the equation .hes been a great servant to the club but no sentiment here just reality.
Where does that leave the Sunday Knavesmire keeper? Tsh ...Build 'em up then knock them down! Glad you're not my agent.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now.[/p][/quote]YES spot on Phil.. But there is the longer view of where the club wants to be in 2/3 yrs time, Young Pope may want to stay and we might want to keep him, if I was NW/Chairman I might be inclined to spend a few bob while the irons hot, long term he fits the bill , long term MI wont come into the equation .hes been a great servant to the club but no sentiment here just reality.[/p][/quote]Where does that leave the Sunday Knavesmire keeper? Tsh ...Build 'em up then knock them down! Glad you're not my agent. Edsoni
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

Edsoni wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Phil, Leeds wrote: Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now.
YES spot on Phil.. But there is the longer view of where the club wants to be in 2/3 yrs time, Young Pope may want to stay and we might want to keep him, if I was NW/Chairman I might be inclined to spend a few bob while the irons hot, long term he fits the bill , long term MI wont come into the equation .hes been a great servant to the club but no sentiment here just reality.
Where does that leave the Sunday Knavesmire keeper? Tsh ...Build 'em up then knock them down! Glad you're not my agent.
What your referring to is my remark " There are local league keepers if given coaching could be standby for the club" I stand by that statement, but would mean time and I think the club staff SHOULD be out there looking. But I was saying in this comment that the present situation if the lad POPE wanted to commit to this club and the club wanted him He would be a good investment.
[quote][p][bold]Edsoni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Ingham will start tomorrow and quite rightly but it's good that we've got a very decent number 2 keeper now.[/p][/quote]YES spot on Phil.. But there is the longer view of where the club wants to be in 2/3 yrs time, Young Pope may want to stay and we might want to keep him, if I was NW/Chairman I might be inclined to spend a few bob while the irons hot, long term he fits the bill , long term MI wont come into the equation .hes been a great servant to the club but no sentiment here just reality.[/p][/quote]Where does that leave the Sunday Knavesmire keeper? Tsh ...Build 'em up then knock them down! Glad you're not my agent.[/p][/quote]What your referring to is my remark " There are local league keepers if given coaching could be standby for the club" I stand by that statement, but would mean time and I think the club staff SHOULD be out there looking. But I was saying in this comment that the present situation if the lad POPE wanted to commit to this club and the club wanted him He would be a good investment. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

11:03pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Tug job says...

bill bailey wrote:
Tiggster wrote:
Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win?????????
I got 14/1 for 4-2 a month ago . I want it for a 3-timmer. then i'm off.
Is that a promise, Bill?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tiggster[/bold] wrote: Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win?????????[/p][/quote]I got 14/1 for 4-2 a month ago . I want it for a 3-timmer. then i'm off.[/p][/quote]Is that a promise, Bill? Tug job
  • Score: -1

2:05pm Sat 18 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

Tug job wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Tiggster wrote:
Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win?????????
I got 14/1 for 4-2 a month ago . I want it for a 3-timmer. then i'm off.
Is that a promise, Bill?
No just for a break in the sun in Mauritius, then i'll be back up your nose again.
If its not 4-2 i'll be busking at BC .
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tiggster[/bold] wrote: Yep Ingham should keep his place, done well since he came back in and deserves to continue. Up to Pope to impress in training etc, or Ingham to lose form before he gets a shout. Good that there is decent competetion for the GK spot now though. Hoping for another win tomorrow - question is - what price is a 4-2 win?????????[/p][/quote]I got 14/1 for 4-2 a month ago . I want it for a 3-timmer. then i'm off.[/p][/quote]Is that a promise, Bill?[/p][/quote]No just for a break in the sun in Mauritius, then i'll be back up your nose again. If its not 4-2 i'll be busking at BC . bill bailey
  • Score: 3

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