York City manager Nigel Worthington hails teenager Tom Allan after 0-0 draw with leaders

York City's Tom Allan tussles with a Rochdale player during his return to the side at left-back

York City's Tom Allan tussles with a Rochdale player during his return to the side at left-back

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TEENAGE defender Tom Allan was heralded by manager Nigel Worthington after York City kept a seventh successive clean sheet following a 0-0 draw at table-topping Rochdale.

Allan, 19, played his first senior football in more than five months as he filled in for an injured Ben Davies at left-back.

Regarded chiefly as a centre-back, Allan has not even made the bench during the Minstermen’s last nine matches, having been behind the likes of Keith Lowe, John McCombe and David McGurk in the pecking order for a starting place.

But, as Worthington was forced to change his back four for the first time during the current impressive sequence of shut-outs, Allan helped the team to move within one more game of the club record for consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, set back in 1985.

City also climbed back above Oxford into the Sky Bet League Two play-off positions after their point at Spotland and a pleased Worthington said: “In fairness, left back is not Tom’s number one position but he grew into the game.

“It is good for him that we got a performance and a result like that with him in the team. They had a big lad out there on the right in Peter Vincenti who won his fair share of headers in the first half and we weren’t over happy about that.

“But we gave Tom a few pointers at half-time and he stuck to his task, got stronger and stronger as the game went on and he comes out with a lot of credit after doing a very good job for us to show everybody what qualities he possesses.”

Worthington clarified that Davies’ absence at Spotland was unrelated to reports linking his name with spot-fixing allegations.

The National Crime Agency have confirmed to The Press that Davies has not been charged with any offence concerning their current gambling investigation and Worthington explained: “Ben got a nasty challenge against Burton about 70 minutes into our last game and has tweaked knee ligaments. He didn’t train at all during the week and then the little situation arose but he gave it a go in training on Friday.

“His knee wasn’t quite right, though, so he missed the game but, hopefully, we will get him back 100 per cent fit for next week.”

Worthington added that his side’s point against the Lancashire title rivals was a reward for the players’ “phenomenal work-rate”.

“It’s a fantastic result to go to Rochdale, considering the form they are in and have been for most of the season,” he reasoned. “It was a tremendous effort by the players.

“They gave everything and the work-rate was phenomenal. It was backs to the wall at times but we held our nerve, showed great commitment and kept our shape and composure, which we had to do because they are a very good side with very good movement.”

On the fact his team have now gone 11-and-a-half hours of football without conceding a goal, the City chief said: “Hopefully, we can keep that going because that gives us a platform to connect with something at the other end and get three points.”

City next play host to Accrington Stanley, who lost 1-0 at home to second-bottom Northampton.

That result meant Stanley are still only six points above the drop zone and, ahead of Saturday’s match, Worthington said: “We have got a big game at home next to Accrington. They will be hurting after getting beaten and you can’t take anybody lightly so we will have to make sure we are ready.”

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8:36am Sun 6 Apr 14

joejamestom says...

Rochdale moved the ball with far more aplomb than City yet only managed a half dozen or so chances which Pope dealt with very well, clearly targeting our makeshift LB who was skipped past a number of times in the first half.
For a team leading the league they looked like the cutting edge was missing no where near the dangerous Chesterfield we played earlier in the season.
Fortunately for them we looked to play ping pong football with very little threat with the ball at feet. If getting draws can get us a play off place then this was a very good point otherwise we need to develop a consistent goal threat.
Our travelling support was epic almost exceeding the allocated space just need to step up the goal threat on the pitch to match it, over to you Nigel, though to be fair I am grateful not to be scrabbling around looking to make 50 points. Cmon City!!!
Rochdale moved the ball with far more aplomb than City yet only managed a half dozen or so chances which Pope dealt with very well, clearly targeting our makeshift LB who was skipped past a number of times in the first half. For a team leading the league they looked like the cutting edge was missing no where near the dangerous Chesterfield we played earlier in the season. Fortunately for them we looked to play ping pong football with very little threat with the ball at feet. If getting draws can get us a play off place then this was a very good point otherwise we need to develop a consistent goal threat. Our travelling support was epic almost exceeding the allocated space just need to step up the goal threat on the pitch to match it, over to you Nigel, though to be fair I am grateful not to be scrabbling around looking to make 50 points. Cmon City!!! joejamestom
  • Score: 8

9:10am Sun 6 Apr 14

nigthepig says...

I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction.
I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction. nigthepig
  • Score: 22

9:40am Sun 6 Apr 14

born&breed says...

Well done Tom - you were up against a very good wing man who stuck to the touchline, jumped and headed well. Second half you played him better, he was even subbed which showed you had the upper hand. Great performance.
My hat's off to the away support - fantastic once again - out shouted the home support for most of the game, this must help the side.
Finally Rochdale are a well drilled side - talking to their supporters they expected to run out winners and disappointed with only a point.
A call to all City fans - 'get down to BC on Saturday' - let fill the place.
Well done Tom - you were up against a very good wing man who stuck to the touchline, jumped and headed well. Second half you played him better, he was even subbed which showed you had the upper hand. Great performance. My hat's off to the away support - fantastic once again - out shouted the home support for most of the game, this must help the side. Finally Rochdale are a well drilled side - talking to their supporters they expected to run out winners and disappointed with only a point. A call to all City fans - 'get down to BC on Saturday' - let fill the place. born&breed
  • Score: 14

12:27pm Sun 6 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

After a shaky start young Tom Allan settled down and gave a creditable performnce at left back. Great point away from home at the league leaders. We have it within our own hands to reach the play-offs, if we dont make it then it will be down to our failure to create goalscoring opportunities. I was disapointed with Brobbel and Hayhurst who wasted possesion far too easily. The only way to relieve pressure on your defence is to retain possesion of the ball in your opponents half of the pitch, thats what we failed to do at Spotland. With our limited attacks it is essential that we do not waste free kicks and corners, they were poor at Rochdale. City simply can not rely on their defenders keeping a clean sheet in every game.
After a shaky start young Tom Allan settled down and gave a creditable performnce at left back. Great point away from home at the league leaders. We have it within our own hands to reach the play-offs, if we dont make it then it will be down to our failure to create goalscoring opportunities. I was disapointed with Brobbel and Hayhurst who wasted possesion far too easily. The only way to relieve pressure on your defence is to retain possesion of the ball in your opponents half of the pitch, thats what we failed to do at Spotland. With our limited attacks it is essential that we do not waste free kicks and corners, they were poor at Rochdale. City simply can not rely on their defenders keeping a clean sheet in every game. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 10

2:43pm Sun 6 Apr 14

pip007 says...

nigthepig wrote:
I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction.
But there's nothing to lose now. No reason whatsoever to be cautious. We should just go all out for it. Who knows, maybe next season we will run away with promotion ... or maybe we'll be nowhere near it. I'd go for it this season. Three home wins and a point off Oxford and we should be in the play offs.
[quote][p][bold]nigthepig[/bold] wrote: I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction.[/p][/quote]But there's nothing to lose now. No reason whatsoever to be cautious. We should just go all out for it. Who knows, maybe next season we will run away with promotion ... or maybe we'll be nowhere near it. I'd go for it this season. Three home wins and a point off Oxford and we should be in the play offs. pip007
  • Score: 13

1:24am Mon 7 Apr 14

pip007 says...

nigthepig wrote:
I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction.
Or we might have won all three points. The fact that the play-offs and promotion would be a bonus this season is our 'secret weapon'. We're really the only team that can say that. All the pressure is on Oxford and Southend who have been up there most of the season. Let's go for it! All out attack. Shoot on sight. Create mayhem in the box and get penalties if that's the only way we're going to score.
[quote][p][bold]nigthepig[/bold] wrote: I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction.[/p][/quote]Or we might have won all three points. The fact that the play-offs and promotion would be a bonus this season is our 'secret weapon'. We're really the only team that can say that. All the pressure is on Oxford and Southend who have been up there most of the season. Let's go for it! All out attack. Shoot on sight. Create mayhem in the box and get penalties if that's the only way we're going to score. pip007
  • Score: 5

11:43am Mon 7 Apr 14

born&breed says...

pip007 wrote:
nigthepig wrote:
I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction.
Or we might have won all three points. The fact that the play-offs and promotion would be a bonus this season is our 'secret weapon'. We're really the only team that can say that. All the pressure is on Oxford and Southend who have been up there most of the season. Let's go for it! All out attack. Shoot on sight. Create mayhem in the box and get penalties if that's the only way we're going to score.
Just continue as we are doing - if we get to the play-offs it's a real bonus - who would have penciled them in back in December?
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nigthepig[/bold] wrote: I think some people are now beginning to get carried away and expect a little too much. A point at Rochdale is a brilliant result considering where they have been all season and where we were at Christmas. NW knows we could have gone for all 3 points but would probably then come away with nothing. He is steering us in the right direction.[/p][/quote]Or we might have won all three points. The fact that the play-offs and promotion would be a bonus this season is our 'secret weapon'. We're really the only team that can say that. All the pressure is on Oxford and Southend who have been up there most of the season. Let's go for it! All out attack. Shoot on sight. Create mayhem in the box and get penalties if that's the only way we're going to score.[/p][/quote]Just continue as we are doing - if we get to the play-offs it's a real bonus - who would have penciled them in back in December? born&breed
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