York City manager Nigel Worthington celebrates sixth clean sheet on the trot

York City manager Nigel Worthington celebrates sixth clean sheet on the trot

York City duo John McCombe and Keith Lowe team up to repel a Burton raid

On-loan winger Ryan Brobbel is tackled on his return to the York City line-up

York City midfielder Adam Reed gets stuck in against his former club Burton

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YORK City boss Nigel Worthington hailed a sixth successive shut-out following a 0-0 home draw with Burton.

The Minstermen failed to equal a club record of seven successive league wins at Football League level by beating the Brewers but are now closing in on another entry in the Bootham Crescent history books.

Eight consecutive clean sheets, set in 1984/85, represents the club’s longest-ever sequence and the Minstermen will match that tally should they keep Sky Bet League Two table-toppers Rochdale and Lancashire neighbours Accrington Stanley at bay during their next two contests.

A pleased Worthington said: “Clean sheets give you a foundation for moving forward and getting good results so it’s important we keep getting them because we know we are capable of scoring goals. We would have loved three points against Burton and set our stall out to get them by starting with Ryan Brobbel out there.

“But you have to give credit to Burton. There were a couple of half-chances but they didn’t want to give anything away and neither did we.”

City slipped back out of the play-off places on goal difference due to Southend’s 1-0 triumph against Torquay but Worthington is happy with his team’s form going into the final month of the regular season, having also now drawn level on points with Oxford.

The Minstermen chief added: “The work-rate from the players has been phenomenal and we’ve just got to keep that going over the next six games and see where that takes us. I was delighted with a point from a very good, honest League Two game.

“Burton were up there last season and have been all this season so, to compete how we did against them, puts down a little marker for ourselves in terms of how far we have come in a short space of time.”

Brobbel was given his second full debut for the Minstermen having been recruited on loan from Middlesbrough again after spending four months at Bootham Crescent earlier this season before returning to the Riverside during the January transfer window.

The Northern Ireland under-21 international was brought back by Worthington following the loss of Josh Carson, who could be sidelined for up to nine months after hospital scans confirmed cruciate ligament damage in his injured knee.

On the sight of Brobbel back in a City shirt, Worthington said: “He’s in good physical shape, which I am pleased about. He knows what he has to do to stay in the team and I thought he did it in good style.

“He worked hard defensively and looked a threat moving forward as well. He is a nice addition now we have lost Josh to injury.”

Worthington was also pleased with new striker Cavin Andrew’s display as a replacement for Ryan Bowman just past the hour mark.

“He is a real handful and has looked bright in training,” the Minstermen chief revealed. “He’s another good addition and, with his height and strength, he can bring other people into the game.”

With a weekend trip to league leaders Rochdale presenting the next challenge for a City side now unbeaten in 11 games, Worthington said: “We had a good tussle with them at our place when it ended 0-0 and we will need to go there with the same resilience we showed against Burton because they are flying high and are my favourites to win the league but, hopefully, without three points from their next game.”

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10:07pm Sat 29 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

If I was a manager and defence I would be feeling pretty good just now,
Played 11 unbeaten and shipped just 2 goals, now that is mean, Well done chaps more of the same, Looking at the table it looks like 2 from 4 to make the play offs,
If I was a manager and defence I would be feeling pretty good just now, Played 11 unbeaten and shipped just 2 goals, now that is mean, Well done chaps more of the same, Looking at the table it looks like 2 from 4 to make the play offs, bill bailey
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1:33pm Sun 30 Mar 14

brahma says...

Not sure you're right about us being out of the play-off places on GD, Mr Flett. We're level with Oxford, who are in the final play-off berth, on both points and GD so it must be goals scored/ goals condeded/ alphabetical order or something even more whimsical that's the dividing line.
Not sure you're right about us being out of the play-off places on GD, Mr Flett. We're level with Oxford, who are in the final play-off berth, on both points and GD so it must be goals scored/ goals condeded/ alphabetical order or something even more whimsical that's the dividing line. brahma
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Sun 30 Mar 14

DavidBu says...

For me, this is all going to be about maintaining the momentum until the end of the season. This was probably a great point against Burton and a point at Rochdale wold be an even better point. Then, after two good draws, should that be the case, if the winning habit can be resumed immediately, it's going to be on, even as favourites. So, big gates at home and even bigger hearts!
For me, this is all going to be about maintaining the momentum until the end of the season. This was probably a great point against Burton and a point at Rochdale wold be an even better point. Then, after two good draws, should that be the case, if the winning habit can be resumed immediately, it's going to be on, even as favourites. So, big gates at home and even bigger hearts! DavidBu
  • Score: 8

7:12pm Sun 30 Mar 14

nr59 says...

The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article
The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article nr59
  • Score: 7

8:15pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Peppa07 says...

brahma wrote:
Not sure you're right about us being out of the play-off places on GD, Mr Flett. We're level with Oxford, who are in the final play-off berth, on both points and GD so it must be goals scored/ goals condeded/ alphabetical order or something even more whimsical that's the dividing line.
Correct
Level on points and goal difference, goals scored determines position.
[quote][p][bold]brahma[/bold] wrote: Not sure you're right about us being out of the play-off places on GD, Mr Flett. We're level with Oxford, who are in the final play-off berth, on both points and GD so it must be goals scored/ goals condeded/ alphabetical order or something even more whimsical that's the dividing line.[/p][/quote]Correct Level on points and goal difference, goals scored determines position. Peppa07
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11:16am Mon 31 Mar 14

Tug job says...

nr59 wrote:
The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article
Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football.
[quote][p][bold]nr59[/bold] wrote: The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article[/p][/quote]Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football. Tug job
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pip007 says...

Tug job wrote:
nr59 wrote:
The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article
Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football.
If I remember correctly Crawford's record made it into the Guinness Book of Record, beating a previous record held by the great Dino Zoff.
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nr59[/bold] wrote: The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article[/p][/quote]Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football.[/p][/quote]If I remember correctly Crawford's record made it into the Guinness Book of Record, beating a previous record held by the great Dino Zoff. pip007
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10:51pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Peppa07 says...

pip007 wrote:
Tug job wrote:
nr59 wrote:
The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article
Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football.
If I remember correctly Crawford's record made it into the Guinness Book of Record, beating a previous record held by the great Dino Zoff.
Dino Zoff - a proper leg end!! One of the all time great goalkeepers.
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nr59[/bold] wrote: The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article[/p][/quote]Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football.[/p][/quote]If I remember correctly Crawford's record made it into the Guinness Book of Record, beating a previous record held by the great Dino Zoff.[/p][/quote]Dino Zoff - a proper leg end!! One of the all time great goalkeepers. Peppa07
  • Score: 0

11:42pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pip007 says...

Peppa07 wrote:
pip007 wrote:
Tug job wrote:
nr59 wrote:
The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article
Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football.
If I remember correctly Crawford's record made it into the Guinness Book of Record, beating a previous record held by the great Dino Zoff.
Dino Zoff - a proper leg end!! One of the all time great goalkeepers.
Zoff ranked 3rd best keeper of 20th century after Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks. But I guess that should be 4th really, after Crawford.
[quote][p][bold]Peppa07[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nr59[/bold] wrote: The record for consecutive clean sheets is 11 ,in the 1973-74 promotion season. Not 8 in 84-85 as it says in this article[/p][/quote]Yes, you are correct, with Graeme Crawford in goal. That run also included a couple of penalty saves. Coincidentally, I think that it was the same Aldershot player who scored the goals either side of the run. You would have expected the YP to know this. Mind you, I think that Flett is a Donny Rovers, or Barnsley, fan so you can't expect him to know much about football.[/p][/quote]If I remember correctly Crawford's record made it into the Guinness Book of Record, beating a previous record held by the great Dino Zoff.[/p][/quote]Dino Zoff - a proper leg end!! One of the all time great goalkeepers.[/p][/quote]Zoff ranked 3rd best keeper of 20th century after Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks. But I guess that should be 4th really, after Crawford. pip007
  • Score: 2

10:53am Tue 1 Apr 14

Stuart Martel says...

CLARIFICATION

As mentioned in The Press last Saturday, the record refers to games in all competitions.
The 1973/4 team conceded goals in cup matches during their run of 11 consecutive league clean sheets.
Stuart Martel, sports editor
CLARIFICATION As mentioned in The Press last Saturday, the record refers to games in all competitions. The 1973/4 team conceded goals in cup matches during their run of 11 consecutive league clean sheets. Stuart Martel, sports editor Stuart Martel
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