Wing berth dilemma for York City boss Nigel Worthington

Wing berth dilemma for York City boss

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NIGEL Worthington has one selection dilemma ahead of York City's crucial home game against Newport with Adam Reed and Will Hayhurst contesting the team's left-wing berth.

On-loan Preston attacker Hayhurst has started the Minstermen's last 13 games but was replaced by Reed at half-time during Saturday's 1-0 home victory over Bury.

Reed, himself, had been relegated to the bench for the Shakers test despite kicking off the previous 15 matches and, with a remarkable record of just one defeat in 23 outings for City, could earn a swift first XI recall on the flank tomorrow rather than in his more familiar central-midfield role.

Ex-Gillingham and Wycombe promotion winner Lewis Montrose is expected to continue in City's engine room alongside skipper Russell Penn, with Worthington saying: "It will be between Adam and Will for a starting place. That's in the think tank at the moment and we will choose whoever is the right player for the occasion."

The Minstermen will secure a play-off place if they can beat Newport, avoiding the potential need to get a result at table-topping Scunthorpe on the final Saturday of the season.

But Worthington is demanding that his team approach the game no differently to any of their last 15 unbeaten contests.

"We have just got to keep doing what we have been doing," he reasoned. "The game will last 90 to 95 minutes.

"If we can go out and win it after five minutes, like the Bury game, then fantastic but, whilst you try and do that, you must keep the back door shut at all times. Newport are big, strong and professional and will compete for every single ball, so it will come down to our heads being right.

"We need to enjoy the situation and get over the line tomorrow. That's the objective.

"It's in our own hands now so we have got to try and make it happen. That means no individual deviating from the game plan, otherwise we will be asking for trouble.

"Every team is dangerous. Oxford and Bury were and Newport started the season off on a fantastic run. They have tailed off a bit recently after losing a lot of games due to the weather."

Should Oxford fail to win at home to an Accrington side still not clear of relegation trouble tomorrow, then the Minstermen will be guaranteed a top-seven spot regardless of proceedings at Bootham Crescent but Worthington insisted that he will not be seeking updates on the action at the Kassam Stadium during his own team's match, adding: "I'm not interested in the Oxford scoreline. It's all about what we do.

"If we do our jobs well, we will be fine. If we don't, I believe we will be going into the last game with everything in the air still."

Following City's victory over Bury, Newport are now the only side who can complete a league double over Worthington's men in 2013/14.

The Welshmen are also responsible for the Minstermen's heaviest league defeat of the campaign - a 3-0 reverse in October.

Since then, however, eight of the 16 visiting players on duty - Luke O'Neill, Jamal Fyfield, Elliott Whitehouse, Ashley Chambers, Richard Cresswell, Craig Clay, Chris Smith and Chris Kettings - are no longer on the Bootham Crescent books and the recently-recalled Montrose is expected to be the only player to start both of this season's games against the Exiles

The Rodney Parade clash ultimately represented Fyfield's last league start for the club and Chambers' penultimate appearance in a City first XI with Worthington insistent that his side are now a more robust proposition, saying: "They were stronger than us at their place. "Forgetting the scoreline, we were second best on the day, so we have got to try and change that. We are a bigger and more powerful side than we were - certainly in that game - and showing that will be important tomorrow."

Despite only being 90 minutes away from booking a play-off place, Worthington also reminded his players that their minds must only be fixed on tomorrow's game.

"There is nothing to get excited about.," he argued. "The club has come a long way in the last 12 months and a lot of hard work has been put in by everybody to make that happen.

"But, if you want to be reasonably successful, you have to stay focussed and not be distracted because we haven't achieved anything yet. We have got a super group of players, though, who work very hard and I demand that because it's so important.

"The effort and commitment over the course of the season has been brilliant other than one or two blips but they are still fresh in my mind and we can't afford any more now. Everybody needs to stand up and perform to their maximum as a team."

Worthington added that he hopes City can eclipse Easter Monday's biggest attendance of the season when 5,225 witnessed the 1-0 victory over Bury.

"The crowd have a huge part to play," he explained. "To get a thousand extra against Bury completely changed the atmosphere and, if we can get even more tomorrow, it will help will the lads over the line."

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1:33pm Fri 25 Apr 14

York Manor says...

Think I may have rad this somewhere before Mmnn spooky
Think I may have rad this somewhere before Mmnn spooky York Manor
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2:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

Leave the starting 11 as it was with Bury. Again, look at bringing Reed and Jarvis on early in the second half should things need firming up or mixing up.

There's lot's of talk of changing x player with y, but keeping a winning formula is also tempting. Newport will be another solid and strong opposition and another 1-0 would be very, very welcome.

COYR.
Leave the starting 11 as it was with Bury. Again, look at bringing Reed and Jarvis on early in the second half should things need firming up or mixing up. There's lot's of talk of changing x player with y, but keeping a winning formula is also tempting. Newport will be another solid and strong opposition and another 1-0 would be very, very welcome. COYR. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 1

2:45pm Fri 25 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Everyone has their own opinion on how to improve the current City team. But only one opinion counts, and that is Nigel Worthingtons. Just about every City fan that I have talked to, all say the same - "The current style of play is not attractive, but it certainly is effective". So why should the Manager even consider making changes. Just keep doing what we have been doing until the end of the season, then see where that takes us.
Everyone has their own opinion on how to improve the current City team. But only one opinion counts, and that is Nigel Worthingtons. Just about every City fan that I have talked to, all say the same - "The current style of play is not attractive, but it certainly is effective". So why should the Manager even consider making changes. Just keep doing what we have been doing until the end of the season, then see where that takes us. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 8

3:07pm Fri 25 Apr 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Cant wait for the usual suspects "Sander Puri" this and that
Cant wait for the usual suspects "Sander Puri" this and that T.R.M1974
  • Score: 6

4:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

RooBeck says...

A repeat score of the FATFinal of two years ago will do very nicely, together with the quality of goals - so, Banjo to get his name on the score-sheet again!! County will be a hard team to beat, but surely this game is what we have been building towards these last three months, so no room for faint hearts?! Will Hayhurst has been a bit careless with his distribution these past few games, but I would start him after impressing upon him that to-morrow would be a great time to use his pace and to get in round the back of those big Newport defenders and lay-on some quality chances for Coulson and Andrew, together with a similar word in the ear of Ryan Brobbel!! COYR.
A repeat score of the FATFinal of two years ago will do very nicely, together with the quality of goals - so, Banjo to get his name on the score-sheet again!! County will be a hard team to beat, but surely this game is what we have been building towards these last three months, so no room for faint hearts?! Will Hayhurst has been a bit careless with his distribution these past few games, but I would start him after impressing upon him that to-morrow would be a great time to use his pace and to get in round the back of those big Newport defenders and lay-on some quality chances for Coulson and Andrew, together with a similar word in the ear of Ryan Brobbel!! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Fri 25 Apr 14

new_fr says...

The April edition of the City fanzine, new frontiers, is now available as a free download from the yorkcitysouth web (www.yorkcitysouth.c
o.uk). It contains a full length interview Nigel Worthington, a look at our finances, revealing how much we paid to agents last year, compares this season to our 1970/1 promotion campaign and asks questions about the future for football academies. Although its free, anyone who downloads is might like to consider buying an extra 50/50 ticket or pint in our social club when at tomorrow's game.
The April edition of the City fanzine, new frontiers, is now available as a free download from the yorkcitysouth web (www.yorkcitysouth.c o.uk). It contains a full length interview Nigel Worthington, a look at our finances, revealing how much we paid to agents last year, compares this season to our 1970/1 promotion campaign and asks questions about the future for football academies. Although its free, anyone who downloads is might like to consider buying an extra 50/50 ticket or pint in our social club when at tomorrow's game. new_fr
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work.
So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed.
And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope,
Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at.
Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work. So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed. And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope, Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at. 23rdApril1966
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8:48am Sat 26 Apr 14

the-e-man says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work.
So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed.
And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope,
Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at.
Does NW change what in effect has been, and still is, a very successful winning team ? Does he keep the same team and probably get a 1-0 win today that will secure a place in the play offs or does he experiment in changing the team, and probably the system and formation, in the hope that he still gets his win but by a larger margin and by playing more attractive football? They are the questions.
I think if NW was sure he could still get his win by changing the team and play more attractive football he would do so but then the question begs - why hasn't he done that before?
NW knows his players and will put out a team he believes will secure a play off place. Having done that, could he then experiment at Scunthorpe after the play off place as been secured.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work. So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed. And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope, Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at.[/p][/quote]Does NW change what in effect has been, and still is, a very successful winning team ? Does he keep the same team and probably get a 1-0 win today that will secure a place in the play offs or does he experiment in changing the team, and probably the system and formation, in the hope that he still gets his win but by a larger margin and by playing more attractive football? They are the questions. I think if NW was sure he could still get his win by changing the team and play more attractive football he would do so but then the question begs - why hasn't he done that before? NW knows his players and will put out a team he believes will secure a play off place. Having done that, could he then experiment at Scunthorpe after the play off place as been secured. the-e-man
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9:39am Sat 26 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

the-e-man wrote:
23rdApril1966 wrote:
Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work.
So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed.
And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope,
Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at.
Does NW change what in effect has been, and still is, a very successful winning team ? Does he keep the same team and probably get a 1-0 win today that will secure a place in the play offs or does he experiment in changing the team, and probably the system and formation, in the hope that he still gets his win but by a larger margin and by playing more attractive football? They are the questions.
I think if NW was sure he could still get his win by changing the team and play more attractive football he would do so but then the question begs - why hasn't he done that before?
NW knows his players and will put out a team he believes will secure a play off place. Having done that, could he then experiment at Scunthorpe after the play off place as been secured.
Agree with your view to some respect. I just feel that we've been playing with 9 men lately when it comes to the defensive side of the game and that neither wide man offers sufficient offensively to compensate for that lack of 'bite' which to me has seen Penn so badly in need of the help that Montrose offered on Monday. So on balance Reed and Coulson in the wide positions would offer more leaving one of Jarvis or Rodman to play off Andrew.
Just my view but of course nobody can argue with the managers record post NYD which has returned 45 points.
Personally I would still be surprised to see Hayhurst start today as he looked so off the pace on Monday that it would have been no surprise to see him subbed before HT.
Regardless of the 11 chosen I will take a raggy arsed 1-0 right now and be done with it........could do with Accy turning up at the Kassam just in case though!
[quote][p][bold]the-e-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work. So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed. And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope, Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at.[/p][/quote]Does NW change what in effect has been, and still is, a very successful winning team ? Does he keep the same team and probably get a 1-0 win today that will secure a place in the play offs or does he experiment in changing the team, and probably the system and formation, in the hope that he still gets his win but by a larger margin and by playing more attractive football? They are the questions. I think if NW was sure he could still get his win by changing the team and play more attractive football he would do so but then the question begs - why hasn't he done that before? NW knows his players and will put out a team he believes will secure a play off place. Having done that, could he then experiment at Scunthorpe after the play off place as been secured.[/p][/quote]Agree with your view to some respect. I just feel that we've been playing with 9 men lately when it comes to the defensive side of the game and that neither wide man offers sufficient offensively to compensate for that lack of 'bite' which to me has seen Penn so badly in need of the help that Montrose offered on Monday. So on balance Reed and Coulson in the wide positions would offer more leaving one of Jarvis or Rodman to play off Andrew. Just my view but of course nobody can argue with the managers record post NYD which has returned 45 points. Personally I would still be surprised to see Hayhurst start today as he looked so off the pace on Monday that it would have been no surprise to see him subbed before HT. Regardless of the 11 chosen I will take a raggy arsed 1-0 right now and be done with it........could do with Accy turning up at the Kassam just in case though! 23rdApril1966
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10:42am Sat 26 Apr 14

Southern Exile says...

the-e-man wrote:
23rdApril1966 wrote:
Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work.
So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed.
And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope,
Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at.
Does NW change what in effect has been, and still is, a very successful winning team ? Does he keep the same team and probably get a 1-0 win today that will secure a place in the play offs or does he experiment in changing the team, and probably the system and formation, in the hope that he still gets his win but by a larger margin and by playing more attractive football? They are the questions.
I think if NW was sure he could still get his win by changing the team and play more attractive football he would do so but then the question begs - why hasn't he done that before?
NW knows his players and will put out a team he believes will secure a play off place. Having done that, could he then experiment at Scunthorpe after the play off place as been secured.
Would be nice to give McGurk some time at Scunny if we are secure by that point...
[quote][p][bold]the-e-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Well I'll risk the wrath of the forum then. For me it is inconceivable Hayhurst would be recalled, he looked bereft of confidence on Monday. I also feel that Brobbel isn't doing enough offensively to justify the lack of defensive work. So for me Coulson and Reed out wide, either Jarvis or Bowman playing off Andrew. Hayhurst and Brobbel on the bench to add a spark in the last 30 mins if needed. And please play the ball out from the back via the fullbacks as an alternative to the long drop kick from Pope, Regardless let's just snaffle the 3 points to make Scunthorpe match one to relax at.[/p][/quote]Does NW change what in effect has been, and still is, a very successful winning team ? Does he keep the same team and probably get a 1-0 win today that will secure a place in the play offs or does he experiment in changing the team, and probably the system and formation, in the hope that he still gets his win but by a larger margin and by playing more attractive football? They are the questions. I think if NW was sure he could still get his win by changing the team and play more attractive football he would do so but then the question begs - why hasn't he done that before? NW knows his players and will put out a team he believes will secure a play off place. Having done that, could he then experiment at Scunthorpe after the play off place as been secured.[/p][/quote]Would be nice to give McGurk some time at Scunny if we are secure by that point... Southern Exile
  • Score: 3

11:40am Sat 26 Apr 14

York Fan says...

The decision who to play left wing is a difficult one both guys equally deserving of the start. Carson is missed in this area big time as he can switch flanks when needed, has pace and width as proven and knows where the back of the net is. All things said, can't wait for the match today I gotta feeling we're gonna have our work cut out for us. All the best for today lads.
The decision who to play left wing is a difficult one both guys equally deserving of the start. Carson is missed in this area big time as he can switch flanks when needed, has pace and width as proven and knows where the back of the net is. All things said, can't wait for the match today I gotta feeling we're gonna have our work cut out for us. All the best for today lads. York Fan
  • Score: 0

11:48am Sat 26 Apr 14

York Fan says...

Can anyone advise where or how you vote for player of the year. I see 7pm is time closing time today
Can anyone advise where or how you vote for player of the year. I see 7pm is time closing time today York Fan
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2:50pm Sat 26 Apr 14

chuckabuttie says...

York Fan wrote:
Can anyone advise where or how you vote for player of the year. I see 7pm is time closing time today
I voted by email to an address posted on the official yc site if that helps
[quote][p][bold]York Fan[/bold] wrote: Can anyone advise where or how you vote for player of the year. I see 7pm is time closing time today[/p][/quote]I voted by email to an address posted on the official yc site if that helps chuckabuttie
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