Set-piece success praised by York City boss Nigel Worthington after 2-1 win over Exeter City

Centre-back John McCombe heads York City into the lead against Exeter at Bootham Crescent

Centre-back John McCombe heads York City into the lead against Exeter at Bootham Crescent

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YORK City’s dead-ball deliveries were praised by manager Nigel Worthington following Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Exeter.

Both of the Minstermen’s first-half goals – scored by John McCombe and Michael Coulson – came from set plays.

McCombe headed in at the far post from an Adam Reed corner, while Ryan Bowman teed up Coulson after climbing highest to meet Will Hayhurst’s left-wing free-kick.

Exeter also reduced the deficit on 28 minutes from a corner and Worthington was quick to stress the importance of set pieces at the final whistle.

He said: “Our deliveries from set-pieces, whether they are taken by Adam Reed, Josh Carson or Will Hayhurst, are very good and that’s why I put pressure on the other players to get on the end of them. You cannot pinpoint a set-piece on to somebody’s head without the opposition trying to intercept it, so it’s all about players attacking the ball rather than waiting for it.

“I was disappointed with the goal we conceded because it was not like us, but I was delighted with our two from set-pieces because we do a lot of work on them. It’s very important to try to keep the ball in the box and it’s all about staying switched on.

“John charged in at the far post to get his goal, which he’s good at. We then kept the ball in for the second goal and Couls did what he does very well. He got the ball into his feet, turned quickly and got a great strike away.”

Worthington admitted his side rode their luck on the way to a first home victory in five games as Exeter responded strongly in the second period, but reasoned that the hosts were due some fortune.

“It was three great points and we had to work very hard for them,” Worthington said. “For the first 25 minutes, we played how we like to with a high tempo but, after going 2-0 up, we got a bit comfortable and untidy.

“We took our foot off the accelerator and, when you do that, it’s hard to put it back on. You have to keep doing what you are good at and not stray away from that to manage the game and see it through rather than creating a tense situation.

“They hit the post and probably should have scored but we performed very well in some games earlier in the season and didn’t get results. We got some luck against Exeter, but I am a big believer in what goes around, comes around.”

The City chief also switched to a 4-5-1 formation on 76 minutes in an effort to safeguard maximum points with Lewis Montrose introduced as a third central midfielder and fellow substitute Ryan Jarvis seeing out the game as a lone striker.

Worthington said: “We were getting over-run a little bit and, even though the ball probably came back a bit easier from up top after making the change, we have got enough at the back to deal with that and get a head or something on the ball. It was nice to get Jarv on the pitch for 20 minutes as well.”

The Minstermen moved up to tenth in Sky Bet League Two after their sixth win in 2014 and are now seven points short of a play-off place with Worthington keen to close that gap further.

He said: “I am looking at catching up on those top-seven places. Since the turn of the year, we have gone on a very good run.

“That’s been very pleasing and I want us to keep that going because, if we had been getting those results over the course of the season, we would be in the top three. First of all, we are homing in on the 51 points or so we need to make sure we stay in the League.

“Once we reach that goal, we will head towards the next one – whatever that may be.”

Worthington has succeeded in extending Preston winger Hayhurst’s loan stay at Bootham Crescent until the end of the season although the League One promotion hopefuls can recall him to Deepdale at any stage during the next two months.

“Hopefully, barring injuries at Preston, he will remain with us until the end of the season,” Worthington said of Hayhurst.

“He has been enjoying his football and we are delighted to have him.

“He has a great left foot and can whip in dangerous crosses with pace, which are difficult for goalkeepers to come out for.”

Top scorer Wes Fletcher was unavailable for a second consecutive weekend due to a groin injury with Worthington adding: “He’s coming on but his recovery has been a bit slower than he and we hoped.”

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3:16pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

I don't believe every thing I hear BUT, could be mileage in this one Preston is keen on Wes Fletcher. It might be Keep Davies and Hayhurst, and we have Wes, including a sweetener.
I don't believe every thing I hear BUT, could be mileage in this one Preston is keen on Wes Fletcher. It might be Keep Davies and Hayhurst, and we have Wes, including a sweetener. bill bailey
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4:41pm Mon 3 Mar 14

ian923 says...

Hope not. We need to keep Wes at all costs. He,s the most effective striker we,ve had for ages,has bags of energy, works hard and scores goals and also provides assists. At this level he is an outstanding player. If we want to go for promotion next season it is imperative we keep him.
Hope not. We need to keep Wes at all costs. He,s the most effective striker we,ve had for ages,has bags of energy, works hard and scores goals and also provides assists. At this level he is an outstanding player. If we want to go for promotion next season it is imperative we keep him. ian923
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5:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

paddymacwakey says...

I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing
I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing paddymacwakey
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7:41pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

paddymacwakey wrote:
I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing
Im disappointed that NW is not using Sander Puri. he is one player that can make things happen, Bowman is not the player many thought he would be but he keeps getting picked I think he had a poor game Saturday I would have pulled him off earlier and sent Puri on to break up their midfield and run at the defence instead they were calling the shots, We cant afford a player like Bowman and Penn to have a poor game together and maybe one of our central defenders we got little to fall back on, at the moment we haven't a good hold up player apart from Fletcher. Puri could fill that position.
As you said where is this wonder player, Not a good signing NW. There should be some news coming out of the club on this guy.
[quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing[/p][/quote]Im disappointed that NW is not using Sander Puri. he is one player that can make things happen, Bowman is not the player many thought he would be but he keeps getting picked I think he had a poor game Saturday I would have pulled him off earlier and sent Puri on to break up their midfield and run at the defence instead they were calling the shots, We cant afford a player like Bowman and Penn to have a poor game together and maybe one of our central defenders we got little to fall back on, at the moment we haven't a good hold up player apart from Fletcher. Puri could fill that position. As you said where is this wonder player, Not a good signing NW. There should be some news coming out of the club on this guy. bill bailey
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8:55pm Mon 3 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

paddymacwakey wrote:
I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing
You are not the only one who is wondering what has happened to Shaq McDonald. The way that Nigel Worthington heralded his arrival anybody would have thought that he was going to be our saviour. There was talk of him being fully fit and ready for first team action. Personally I was always sceptical about this signing, now I am beginning to think that I was right to have my doubts.
[quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing[/p][/quote]You are not the only one who is wondering what has happened to Shaq McDonald. The way that Nigel Worthington heralded his arrival anybody would have thought that he was going to be our saviour. There was talk of him being fully fit and ready for first team action. Personally I was always sceptical about this signing, now I am beginning to think that I was right to have my doubts. OLD - HEAD
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9:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
paddymacwakey wrote:
I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing
You are not the only one who is wondering what has happened to Shaq McDonald. The way that Nigel Worthington heralded his arrival anybody would have thought that he was going to be our saviour. There was talk of him being fully fit and ready for first team action. Personally I was always sceptical about this signing, now I am beginning to think that I was right to have my doubts.
I agree, if the lad is still at the club, 18yr old ought to be fit in 4 weeks I think as I previously said the club should make a statement of their intention with the boy, if they don't intend to play him loan him out .or cancel his contract.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: I will be taking a picture of a missing person,to the home game against Wycombe wanderers.last seen 29th December at bury,warming up prior to kick off never to be seen since.puri sat once again on the bench Saturday,with no chance of getting on.if he is not in worthingtons plans,for goodness sake get him out on loan or let him go to another club who would appreciate him.i still keep saying we are a striker and a midfielder short ,to strengthen us for the rest of the season.by the way,the missing person is shariq McDonald who is 18 years old still getting up to fitness and still getting paid for not playing[/p][/quote]You are not the only one who is wondering what has happened to Shaq McDonald. The way that Nigel Worthington heralded his arrival anybody would have thought that he was going to be our saviour. There was talk of him being fully fit and ready for first team action. Personally I was always sceptical about this signing, now I am beginning to think that I was right to have my doubts.[/p][/quote]I agree, if the lad is still at the club, 18yr old ought to be fit in 4 weeks I think as I previously said the club should make a statement of their intention with the boy, if they don't intend to play him loan him out .or cancel his contract. bill bailey
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11:48pm Tue 4 Mar 14

yorkshirecalling says...

Don't be silly. We're a league club now
- he's a young lad and we have the resources to keep him at the club leaning his trade. Ideally the only 18 year olds who start are wonder kid Michael Owen types. We had to use Boyes, Shepherd etc in non-league. This boy was signed with potential, recommended by NW's contacts in the game, not as a first team player. Give him time and if he's good enough, he'll get his chance. We have the luxury of waiting now, unlike Dean Lyles and Nick Thompson, whom for the record I would have liked to have had the time Shaq will hopefully get.
Don't be silly. We're a league club now - he's a young lad and we have the resources to keep him at the club leaning his trade. Ideally the only 18 year olds who start are wonder kid Michael Owen types. We had to use Boyes, Shepherd etc in non-league. This boy was signed with potential, recommended by NW's contacts in the game, not as a first team player. Give him time and if he's good enough, he'll get his chance. We have the luxury of waiting now, unlike Dean Lyles and Nick Thompson, whom for the record I would have liked to have had the time Shaq will hopefully get. yorkshirecalling
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