Manager Nigel Worthington refuses to get carried away as York City keep climbing Sky Bet League Two table

York City forward Michael Coulson celebrates his match-winner at AFC Wimbledon

York City forward Michael Coulson celebrates his match-winner at AFC Wimbledon

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YORK City manager Nigel Worthington refused to go overboard on the plaudits despite seeing his side prevent AFC Wimbledon from having a single shot on target during a third straight away win.

On-loan Charlton goalkeeper Nick Pope did not have a save to make at Kingsmeadow with Michael Coulson’s 41st-minute header proving sufficient to secure another three points for the Minstermen.

The result moved Worthington’s team up to ninth in the Sky Bet League Two standings and only four points short of a play-off place.

But, despite a defensive record that has seen his side concede only two goals since the end of January, the City chief said: “I am very pleased that our ’keeper didn’t need to make a save but it’s just a case of the outfield players doing their jobs.

“I won’t be giving them any leeway because, if we are going to move forward, they have to keep doing these things. We are working hard together as a group and have got to keep the spirit we have in the camp and keep our feet on the ground.

“There’s nothing to get excited about but, if we keep focused and have belief, we will be okay and 51 points remains the first target.”

Worthington added, however, that he felt his squad are now better equipped to deal with Wimbledon’s physical intimidation – a key factor during a run of four successive defeats and 12 goals conceded against the Wombles prior to Saturday’s contest.

“There was stuff going on in the game and we had to stand up to that,” he declared. “That’s something that we have gradually introduced into the club and we give as good as we get now.

“We had two very, clear-cut chances that we did not need on the day so we will save them for another game but it was a fantastic, solid and professional performance from everyone. They all put a shift in to get us through the second half.

“We stressed at half-time that we could not sit back on 1-0 and knew we would come under pressure but we showed the courage and belief to deal with that in good style. We played some good football during the course of the game and it was important we did not get caught up in the way Wimbledon play, which is very much in your face and very committed “We needed to make sure we played our own game and we did that well.”

Coulson claimed his second match-winning goal in as many games, having been brought inside from the flanks to play as an orthodox centre forward and Worthington was pleased with the way his header was created and converted, saying: “It was a great ball in by Banj (Lanre Oyebanjo) to the back post from the wide-right area and Couls tucked it away nicely.”

But Coulson’s fellow striker Ryan Bowman extended his run without a goal to a ninth game after an awful miss in front of an open goal midway through the second period.

Worthington stressed that the 22-year-old forward must now show belief and greater focus to overcome his barren run.

The Minstermen boss reasoned: “At the top end of the game, strikers can go eight, nine or ten games without a goal but you have got to keep your belief and concentration and I always tell the players to expect the unexpected.

“When the ball came across to him, I think he lost his concentration and took his eye off the ball. Then, what happened can happen.

“You must stay 100 per cent focused until you finish the job off and then it’s just a tap-in.”

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1:33pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Filofact! says...

Well said Nigel Worthington. This is his squad of players and they are now playing like a team. Anything is still possible but if the lads concentrate and keep their belief especially at home this will have been a very pleasing season .Well done City!
Well said Nigel Worthington. This is his squad of players and they are now playing like a team. Anything is still possible but if the lads concentrate and keep their belief especially at home this will have been a very pleasing season .Well done City! Filofact!
  • Score: 13

2:51pm Sun 9 Mar 14

TheBurton says...

Saw Bowman's miss on the football league show. I wouldn't say it's anything to worry about. It can happen from time to time. 9/10 times he would have slotted it home. Just unfortunate for the lad that it happened.
Saw Bowman's miss on the football league show. I wouldn't say it's anything to worry about. It can happen from time to time. 9/10 times he would have slotted it home. Just unfortunate for the lad that it happened. TheBurton
  • Score: 10

3:23pm Sun 9 Mar 14

No.4-IanHolmes says...

Pope might not have had a save to make but he did command his area very well and make one excellent stop at the feet of a forward who would otherwise have been clean through.
Pope might not have had a save to make but he did command his area very well and make one excellent stop at the feet of a forward who would otherwise have been clean through. No.4-IanHolmes
  • Score: 6

7:03pm Sun 9 Mar 14

rockley214 says...

Just terrific looking up instead of down. This is a club going forward. Little by little Jason McGill said...and all credit to him and the family. They are quietly building a club worthy of the city and the amazing fans.
Just terrific looking up instead of down. This is a club going forward. Little by little Jason McGill said...and all credit to him and the family. They are quietly building a club worthy of the city and the amazing fans. rockley214
  • Score: 14

7:17pm Sun 9 Mar 14

pip007 says...

I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.
I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management. pip007
  • Score: 13

7:46pm Sun 9 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

The Manager is quite right to want to keep it low key. We have done really well, but getting enough points to stay in the league has to be our prime target. Only four of the fifteen teams below us lost yesterday. Its a tough evenly matched league, and nothing can be taken for granted.
The Manager is quite right to want to keep it low key. We have done really well, but getting enough points to stay in the league has to be our prime target. Only four of the fifteen teams below us lost yesterday. Its a tough evenly matched league, and nothing can be taken for granted. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 7

8:16pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Realistic ycfc says...

pip007 wrote:
I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.
Why would he take him off? Please explain
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.[/p][/quote]Why would he take him off? Please explain Realistic ycfc
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8:25pm Sun 9 Mar 14

pip007 says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
pip007 wrote:
I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.
Why would he take him off? Please explain
Work it out for yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.[/p][/quote]Why would he take him off? Please explain[/p][/quote]Work it out for yourself. pip007
  • Score: 6

9:01pm Sun 9 Mar 14

rockley214 says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
pip007 wrote:
I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.
Why would he take him off? Please explain
Something to do with a banjo and a camel's backside!! in the words of one ex Wimbledon Manager
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.[/p][/quote]Why would he take him off? Please explain[/p][/quote]Something to do with a banjo and a camel's backside!! in the words of one ex Wimbledon Manager rockley214
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Sun 9 Mar 14

FortessBC says...

Roughly a year ago we lost at home to port vale 2-0 and we were 5th from bottom but the 4 teams below us were on 40 points and we had 41. I remember thinking the conference was beckoning and it was a horrible feeling, not one I want to experience again. NW is right not to get carried away as the league is so tight. But it is nice to be looking upwards and the form in 2014 has been superb. Once we pass 50 points we can really kick on and enjoy the remaining games without looking over our shoulder.
Roughly a year ago we lost at home to port vale 2-0 and we were 5th from bottom but the 4 teams below us were on 40 points and we had 41. I remember thinking the conference was beckoning and it was a horrible feeling, not one I want to experience again. NW is right not to get carried away as the league is so tight. But it is nice to be looking upwards and the form in 2014 has been superb. Once we pass 50 points we can really kick on and enjoy the remaining games without looking over our shoulder. FortessBC
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9:04pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Realistic ycfc says...

pip007 wrote:
Realistic ycfc wrote:
pip007 wrote:
I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.
Why would he take him off? Please explain
Work it out for yourself.
I'm trying to, so because RB missed a sitter it impressed you that the manager didn't sub him? Might have had something to do with his overall play , winning headers, holding play up, just because he missed a sitter it doesn't automatically mean you replace a striker who is working his socks off
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I was impressed yesterday by something NW didn't do. He didn't take Bowman off. Very astute man-management.[/p][/quote]Why would he take him off? Please explain[/p][/quote]Work it out for yourself.[/p][/quote]I'm trying to, so because RB missed a sitter it impressed you that the manager didn't sub him? Might have had something to do with his overall play , winning headers, holding play up, just because he missed a sitter it doesn't automatically mean you replace a striker who is working his socks off Realistic ycfc
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9:30pm Sun 9 Mar 14

RickyC says...

Things have really turned around for us since January. I admit I had my doubts, especially after driving home from the Bury game just after Xmas. But, he has proven me wrong. He's made some great signings in January, brought in some real experience and tightened up the defense. I am a little disheartened by some of the comments made on previous posts about making the play-offs. Who says we can't and who says its not the right time? Football is all about success and if you have the belief you can climb the leagues. Look at Yeovil, a club in similar stature to ours and fighting it in the championship. I say we should go for it for the last 10 games or so and see where we end up!!!!
Things have really turned around for us since January. I admit I had my doubts, especially after driving home from the Bury game just after Xmas. But, he has proven me wrong. He's made some great signings in January, brought in some real experience and tightened up the defense. I am a little disheartened by some of the comments made on previous posts about making the play-offs. Who says we can't and who says its not the right time? Football is all about success and if you have the belief you can climb the leagues. Look at Yeovil, a club in similar stature to ours and fighting it in the championship. I say we should go for it for the last 10 games or so and see where we end up!!!! RickyC
  • Score: 8

10:04am Mon 10 Mar 14

mjs says...

It Will be interesting to see who Worthinton drops when Fletcher come back , Hope its not Coulson
It Will be interesting to see who Worthinton drops when Fletcher come back , Hope its not Coulson mjs
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Justin7 says...

This is certainly looking more positive as we go!

And yes, a lot of credit to the McGills for being brave and supporting NW.

Now if we can get the stadium issue sorted out, we can really look forward.
This is certainly looking more positive as we go! And yes, a lot of credit to the McGills for being brave and supporting NW. Now if we can get the stadium issue sorted out, we can really look forward. Justin7
  • Score: 9

4:26pm Mon 10 Mar 14

FortessBC says...

2nd in the league 2 form table, only behind Rochdale due to goal difference being one less. What a turnaround!! Well done NW and all the players. Full set of fixtures Tuesday night so should be another exciting night at Mansfield. C'mon lads keep the run going. Won't be easy as Mansfield have won 3 of the last 4 at home but our record before Sat at Wimbledon was rubbish so no reason why we can't go there and come away with a result. Onwards & upwards
2nd in the league 2 form table, only behind Rochdale due to goal difference being one less. What a turnaround!! Well done NW and all the players. Full set of fixtures Tuesday night so should be another exciting night at Mansfield. C'mon lads keep the run going. Won't be easy as Mansfield have won 3 of the last 4 at home but our record before Sat at Wimbledon was rubbish so no reason why we can't go there and come away with a result. Onwards & upwards FortessBC
  • Score: 5

8:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

chuckabuttie says...

Quite amusing watching the Football League Show highlights (which I've just got round to) to see that York were relieved to see "Wes Fletcher's" effort (resplendent in Wimbledon no9 kit) fail to hit the target early doors. Clearly under researched
Quite amusing watching the Football League Show highlights (which I've just got round to) to see that York were relieved to see "Wes Fletcher's" effort (resplendent in Wimbledon no9 kit) fail to hit the target early doors. Clearly under researched chuckabuttie
  • Score: 2

8:54am Tue 11 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

Just read CHARLTON has just sacked their manager POWELL, Hope it wont mean Pope's stay is under threat
Just read CHARLTON has just sacked their manager POWELL, Hope it wont mean Pope's stay is under threat bill bailey
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