York City manager Nigel Worthington praises team's forward force

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YORK City boss Nigel Worthington believes his forwards are striking fear into opposition teams despite Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers.

Only an excellent display by visiting goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall prevented the Minstermen from racking up a fourth consecutive win since the start of 2014 with in-form pair Wes Fletcher and Ryan Bowman causing problems throughout.

And, with Ryan Jarvis also providing a goal threat from the bench currently, Worthington believes Sky Bet League Two defences are becoming frightened of his frontmen.

Fletcher (11) and Jarvis (nine) have scored 20 goals collectively this term, while Bowman has six goals to his name even though he has only started 11 games.

On his team’s attacking threat, Worthington said: “Ryan Bowman’s got energy and he won so many headers and flick-ons against Bristol Rovers. He’s got a fantastic leap and that’s a problem for defenders.

“I have also told Wes that I bet he thought he could never be as fit as he is now. He’s worked hard to get to that point and he’s a strong boy with great energy.

“With Ryan Jarvis as well, we have got three forwards who, when they run at people, you can see the worried faces on the pitch.”

Worthington went on to praise all of his players following a strong performance that would have reaped a great reward had it not been for Mildenhall.

He added: “It was an excellent game of football for League Two with two honest teams having a go to try to win.

“We created more chances than them but their ’keeper had a fantastic day and stopped two or three shots that looked dead-certs to go in.

“I was very pleased with our performance. We showed resilience to keep a clean sheet and tried to win the game at the same time.”

Mildenhall’s City counterpart between the sticks at Bootham Crescent was Nick Pope after he was preferred to the long-serving Michael Ingham by Worthington following his arrival for a second loan spell from Charlton.

Former Northern Ireland international Ingham has never been dropped by four previous City managers but Worthington felt Pope’s performance justified his decision and is now looking forward to a competitive battle for the club’s gloves.

The City chief said: “It (Pope’s preference to Ingham) might have seemed a bit tough but I have to make decisions. Nick was here for two games previously and I thought he did exceptionally well.

“Michael has come back from injury and been in a winning side but I thought the young man showed what a good ’keeper he is.

“The best thing from my point of view and the club’s is that we have got two very strong ’keepers vying for the number one shirt. We have probably not had enough of that before and that was part of the reason for bringing Nick in.”

The Minstermen have now moved up to 13th place in the League Two standings and Worthington is setting his sights on the division’s higher reaches rather than the lower regions the club have occupied through most of 2013/14.

“I don’t want us to be looking over our shoulders and I have told the players that I am looking upwards,” he said.

“I think we have got enough about us to get a good number of points and, if we keep creating chances, I know we have people at the club who can stick the ball in the net.”

Home debutant Russell Penn was forced out of the action late in the second half but is likely to be fit for this weekend’s trip to Hartlepool with Worthington revealing: “He actually took a knock in the first half but he insisted he wanted to carry on, which shows his character.”

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12:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

tips says...

Got to agree, we have 3 fine strikers vying for 2 places plus McDonald waiting in the wings .It is good to have competition all over the squad and that includes goalkeeper.
Michael Ingham is good enough and man enough to fight for his place .NW has certainly sorted his squad out in less than a year and I believe we are now seeing a team emerge that can more than compete in this leagye.
Got to agree, we have 3 fine strikers vying for 2 places plus McDonald waiting in the wings .It is good to have competition all over the squad and that includes goalkeeper. Michael Ingham is good enough and man enough to fight for his place .NW has certainly sorted his squad out in less than a year and I believe we are now seeing a team emerge that can more than compete in this leagye. tips

12:50pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ian923 says...

As I said in the match report comments Bowman won almost every aerial challenge BUT no one benefitted from his flick ons. Others must be prepared to gamble he will win it in the air and run on in anticipation of a chance to score. I agree we look solid now all over the field, have good cover for most and the committment is also there. I don't believe we will need to panic about relegation at the end of this season and feel sure we will finish in the top half.
As I said in the match report comments Bowman won almost every aerial challenge BUT no one benefitted from his flick ons. Others must be prepared to gamble he will win it in the air and run on in anticipation of a chance to score. I agree we look solid now all over the field, have good cover for most and the committment is also there. I don't believe we will need to panic about relegation at the end of this season and feel sure we will finish in the top half. ian923

2:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Great effort on Saturday, just a bit gutted that little bit of quality to win the game was missing after starting the match like we did. We have the makings of a good team, hope to start looking at the top half of the table soon! COYR
Great effort on Saturday, just a bit gutted that little bit of quality to win the game was missing after starting the match like we did. We have the makings of a good team, hope to start looking at the top half of the table soon! COYR T.R.M1974

3:05pm Mon 20 Jan 14

yorkiemike says...

Think there might be a bit more to the Michael Ingham situation.NW sees him every day in training and I believe he felt that Inghy was not 100% completely focused on his game yet.After all Michael himself admitted recently that he`d had a few personal problems off the field and this has obviously played on his mind.
A good Manager reads these situations but I`m sure Michael will be back,he`s a good keeper and this is a reality check for him.
Think there might be a bit more to the Michael Ingham situation.NW sees him every day in training and I believe he felt that Inghy was not 100% completely focused on his game yet.After all Michael himself admitted recently that he`d had a few personal problems off the field and this has obviously played on his mind. A good Manager reads these situations but I`m sure Michael will be back,he`s a good keeper and this is a reality check for him. yorkiemike

4:23pm Mon 20 Jan 14

duffy says...

Ingham stating "Ex York City Keeper" on his Twitter account. He is a character.
Ingham stating "Ex York City Keeper" on his Twitter account. He is a character. duffy

4:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Sir Alex says...

Agree that we have a good strikeforce who also work really hard for the team

Its a pity on Saturday that NW didn't notice that Coulo was almost out on his feet for the last 15 mins. Bowman had loads of energy left. Jarvs for Coulo should have been the substitution.

Also, it is fairly predictable that Carson on the right wing is going to cut in to use his left side, opposite true for Coulo. They should vary the tactics by interchanging a few times each match.

Lastly - need to practice corners still as 14 corners should produce a lot more than we did.

I like the way its going though and congratulate the manager/team for the progress.
Agree that we have a good strikeforce who also work really hard for the team Its a pity on Saturday that NW didn't notice that Coulo was almost out on his feet for the last 15 mins. Bowman had loads of energy left. Jarvs for Coulo should have been the substitution. Also, it is fairly predictable that Carson on the right wing is going to cut in to use his left side, opposite true for Coulo. They should vary the tactics by interchanging a few times each match. Lastly - need to practice corners still as 14 corners should produce a lot more than we did. I like the way its going though and congratulate the manager/team for the progress. Sir Alex

5:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Tamworth 2 return says...

tips wrote:
Got to agree, we have 3 fine strikers vying for 2 places plus McDonald waiting in the wings .It is good to have competition all over the squad and that includes goalkeeper.
Michael Ingham is good enough and man enough to fight for his place .NW has certainly sorted his squad out in less than a year and I believe we are now seeing a team emerge that can more than compete in this leagye.
Was McDonald in the squad on Saturday ? seem to remember seeing him taking part in the warm down after the match but I don't think he was part of the squad.

Would have liked to see just how fast he is for 10 mins towards the end against tired legs
[quote][p][bold]tips[/bold] wrote: Got to agree, we have 3 fine strikers vying for 2 places plus McDonald waiting in the wings .It is good to have competition all over the squad and that includes goalkeeper. Michael Ingham is good enough and man enough to fight for his place .NW has certainly sorted his squad out in less than a year and I believe we are now seeing a team emerge that can more than compete in this leagye.[/p][/quote]Was McDonald in the squad on Saturday ? seem to remember seeing him taking part in the warm down after the match but I don't think he was part of the squad. Would have liked to see just how fast he is for 10 mins towards the end against tired legs Tamworth 2 return

7:23pm Mon 20 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

duffy wrote:
Ingham stating "Ex York City Keeper" on his Twitter account. He is a character.
Many a true word spoken in jest Duffy. I understand an offer is in the offing for Pope.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Ingham stating "Ex York City Keeper" on his Twitter account. He is a character.[/p][/quote]Many a true word spoken in jest Duffy. I understand an offer is in the offing for Pope. bill bailey

7:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

The forwards are certainly a big improvement from last season, but I am not sure if they are "striking fear into opposition teams" as Nigel Worthington says. Only strikers that can score goals like Suarez will do that. With all due respect neither Wes or Ryan are in that catagory. One thing that does surprise me about City is our persistence in playing Carson (left footed) on the right wing and Coulson (right footed) on the left wing. Both of these lads are excellent players, but surely they would both be more effective on the opposite flank. Perhaps not for a whole game, but certainly in short spells to mix it up a bit. An earlier poster asked if Shaq McDonald was on the bench Saturday, no he wasnt. Evidently he played in that 0-4 friendly defeat by Doncaster, and NW said that Shaq is still not up to full match fitness.
The forwards are certainly a big improvement from last season, but I am not sure if they are "striking fear into opposition teams" as Nigel Worthington says. Only strikers that can score goals like Suarez will do that. With all due respect neither Wes or Ryan are in that catagory. One thing that does surprise me about City is our persistence in playing Carson (left footed) on the right wing and Coulson (right footed) on the left wing. Both of these lads are excellent players, but surely they would both be more effective on the opposite flank. Perhaps not for a whole game, but certainly in short spells to mix it up a bit. An earlier poster asked if Shaq McDonald was on the bench Saturday, no he wasnt. Evidently he played in that 0-4 friendly defeat by Doncaster, and NW said that Shaq is still not up to full match fitness. OLD - HEAD

8:04pm Mon 20 Jan 14

duffy says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The forwards are certainly a big improvement from last season, but I am not sure if they are "striking fear into opposition teams" as Nigel Worthington says. Only strikers that can score goals like Suarez will do that. With all due respect neither Wes or Ryan are in that catagory. One thing that does surprise me about City is our persistence in playing Carson (left footed) on the right wing and Coulson (right footed) on the left wing. Both of these lads are excellent players, but surely they would both be more effective on the opposite flank. Perhaps not for a whole game, but certainly in short spells to mix it up a bit. An earlier poster asked if Shaq McDonald was on the bench Saturday, no he wasnt. Evidently he played in that 0-4 friendly defeat by Doncaster, and NW said that Shaq is still not up to full match fitness.
To be fair there have been a couple of comments made from opposition managers and players regarding our strikers that make it pretty plain they are well respected within the division. Give it a season and they will be as good as anything in the league in my view.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The forwards are certainly a big improvement from last season, but I am not sure if they are "striking fear into opposition teams" as Nigel Worthington says. Only strikers that can score goals like Suarez will do that. With all due respect neither Wes or Ryan are in that catagory. One thing that does surprise me about City is our persistence in playing Carson (left footed) on the right wing and Coulson (right footed) on the left wing. Both of these lads are excellent players, but surely they would both be more effective on the opposite flank. Perhaps not for a whole game, but certainly in short spells to mix it up a bit. An earlier poster asked if Shaq McDonald was on the bench Saturday, no he wasnt. Evidently he played in that 0-4 friendly defeat by Doncaster, and NW said that Shaq is still not up to full match fitness.[/p][/quote]To be fair there have been a couple of comments made from opposition managers and players regarding our strikers that make it pretty plain they are well respected within the division. Give it a season and they will be as good as anything in the league in my view. duffy

8:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The forwards are certainly a big improvement from last season, but I am not sure if they are "striking fear into opposition teams" as Nigel Worthington says. Only strikers that can score goals like Suarez will do that. With all due respect neither Wes or Ryan are in that catagory. One thing that does surprise me about City is our persistence in playing Carson (left footed) on the right wing and Coulson (right footed) on the left wing. Both of these lads are excellent players, but surely they would both be more effective on the opposite flank. Perhaps not for a whole game, but certainly in short spells to mix it up a bit. An earlier poster asked if Shaq McDonald was on the bench Saturday, no he wasnt. Evidently he played in that 0-4 friendly defeat by Doncaster, and NW said that Shaq is still not up to full match fitness.
Playing wingers on the "WRONG" side when crossing the ball it drew the keeper to his near post. having a tall centre forward who would go with the keeper back head the cross , too waiting forwards at the far post they would have 3/4 of the goal to have a crack at..This nothing new we did this in the 50s
but because we used the old formation of 235 we used he inside forwards it was something my manager Alec Stock used when Yeovil beat Sunderland 2-1
in the FA Cup at Huish Park. ,and again at Leyton Orient.. and when he went to Italy.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The forwards are certainly a big improvement from last season, but I am not sure if they are "striking fear into opposition teams" as Nigel Worthington says. Only strikers that can score goals like Suarez will do that. With all due respect neither Wes or Ryan are in that catagory. One thing that does surprise me about City is our persistence in playing Carson (left footed) on the right wing and Coulson (right footed) on the left wing. Both of these lads are excellent players, but surely they would both be more effective on the opposite flank. Perhaps not for a whole game, but certainly in short spells to mix it up a bit. An earlier poster asked if Shaq McDonald was on the bench Saturday, no he wasnt. Evidently he played in that 0-4 friendly defeat by Doncaster, and NW said that Shaq is still not up to full match fitness.[/p][/quote]Playing wingers on the "WRONG" side when crossing the ball it drew the keeper to his near post. having a tall centre forward who would go with the keeper back head the cross , too waiting forwards at the far post they would have 3/4 of the goal to have a crack at..This nothing new we did this in the 50s but because we used the old formation of 235 we used he inside forwards it was something my manager Alec Stock used when Yeovil beat Sunderland 2-1 in the FA Cup at Huish Park. ,and again at Leyton Orient.. and when he went to Italy. bill bailey

8:43pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Anysport says...

Sir Alex wrote:
Agree that we have a good strikeforce who also work really hard for the team

Its a pity on Saturday that NW didn't notice that Coulo was almost out on his feet for the last 15 mins. Bowman had loads of energy left. Jarvs for Coulo should have been the substitution.

Also, it is fairly predictable that Carson on the right wing is going to cut in to use his left side, opposite true for Coulo. They should vary the tactics by interchanging a few times each match.

Lastly - need to practice corners still as 14 corners should produce a lot more than we did.

I like the way its going though and congratulate the manager/team for the progress.
Spot on about being slow to make substitutions and the lack of threat from dead ball situations.

I also thought Reed should have been introduced sooner to get up in support of the front 4 to try and make something happen as we seemed to lack depth in attack when we went at them with pace.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: Agree that we have a good strikeforce who also work really hard for the team Its a pity on Saturday that NW didn't notice that Coulo was almost out on his feet for the last 15 mins. Bowman had loads of energy left. Jarvs for Coulo should have been the substitution. Also, it is fairly predictable that Carson on the right wing is going to cut in to use his left side, opposite true for Coulo. They should vary the tactics by interchanging a few times each match. Lastly - need to practice corners still as 14 corners should produce a lot more than we did. I like the way its going though and congratulate the manager/team for the progress.[/p][/quote]Spot on about being slow to make substitutions and the lack of threat from dead ball situations. I also thought Reed should have been introduced sooner to get up in support of the front 4 to try and make something happen as we seemed to lack depth in attack when we went at them with pace. Anysport

9:03pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Tug job says...

wilson usain wrote:
No matter how many strikers we have the new stadium will NEVER BE BUILT.
Are you related to Open All Hours? I ask because she has a habit of rambling incoherently, too.
[quote][p][bold]wilson usain[/bold] wrote: No matter how many strikers we have the new stadium will NEVER BE BUILT.[/p][/quote]Are you related to Open All Hours? I ask because she has a habit of rambling incoherently, too. Tug job

10:28am Tue 21 Jan 14

A Bottom says...

wilson usain wrote:
Tug job wrote:
wilson usain wrote:
No matter how many strikers we have the new stadium will NEVER BE BUILT.
Are you related to Open All Hours? I ask because she has a habit of rambling incoherently, too.
No, just stating a certainty. The stadium will NEVER BE BUILT
If it is built will you ride bare a****d through York???
[quote][p][bold]wilson usain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilson usain[/bold] wrote: No matter how many strikers we have the new stadium will NEVER BE BUILT.[/p][/quote]Are you related to Open All Hours? I ask because she has a habit of rambling incoherently, too.[/p][/quote]No, just stating a certainty. The stadium will NEVER BE BUILT[/p][/quote]If it is built will you ride bare a****d through York??? A Bottom

12:59pm Thu 23 Jan 14

duffy says...

For God sake it's a sad troll, just ignore him.
For God sake it's a sad troll, just ignore him. duffy

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