YORK City have been challenged to emerge from a busy week of three fixtures with their unbeaten start to 2014 still intact.
The Minstermen kick off a testing eight days with tomorrow’s trip to Hartlepool before hosting promotion hopefuls Chesterfield on Tuesday night and then visiting fellow high-fliers Fleetwood next weekend.
Nigel Worthington’s men have picked up ten points from a possible 12 since the turn of the year and the City boss believes his team are capable of preserving that record going into February.
He said: “You look at the next three games and they are all big ones but we want to keep our unbeaten run going and ticking along because it’s good for confidence and everything else.
“The opposition will be wanting to win the games for their reasons too but, if we can stay focused and maintain a high work ethic, which is very important, we can get good results.”
City will be supported by a strong travelling army in the region of 1,000 fans at Victoria Park and Worthington remains grateful for the backing his team receive on their travels, adding: “I am never surprised by York City’s fans and the away support is absolutely phenomenal.
“All being well, we will give them something to shout about with a good performance.”
Estonian international Sander Puri is back in light training following a knee problem but will not feature at Hartlepool, while long-term casualty Dan Parslow is the only other absentee. Midfielder Lewis Montrose remains just one caution away from a two-match suspension, meanwhile, but Worthington is satisfied with the options he has waiting in the wings in that area of the pitch, saying:
“I am quite happy that we have got young Tom Platt and Adam Reed, with some experience, that if and when we need to make that change, for whatever reason, we are well covered.”
With the transfer window closing a week today, Worthington has not ruled out the possibility of further comings and goings at Bootham Crescent.
He said: “We are always looking to see what we could do to try and add to and improve the squad. If we do get anybody else in, that does not necessarily mean anybody will be going out because, first and foremost, we need to have enough bodies ourselves and know that we are covered before letting players go out to get some games.”