Cool heads needed as Sky Bet League Two play-offs loom for York City
YORK City's players have been told to keep their discipline during Saturday's final game of the regular season at title-chasing Scunthorpe.
The Minstermen will travel to Glanford Park already assured of a Sky Bet League Two play-off place and, while manager Nigel Worthington has signalled his intention to field a strong side, he will not tolerate any indiscretions that might lead to a costly suspension.
A red card for violent conduct would rule any player out for the entirety of the play-offs, including a possible Wembley final.
Two bookable offences, resulting in an early shower, would also see the culprit miss the semi-final first leg with the City chief insisting: "It will be a time to be professional and disciplined.
"We will need to let the referee manage the game and obey the rules. We will still play hard and fair and with great energy but we must look after ourselves and not get caught up in anything."
Picking up injuries would present another concern for the Minstermen but Worthington has ruled out rotating his squad as the visitors look to extend their undefeated run to a 17th match against a Scunthorpe team who can still finish the campaign as champions if Chesterfield and Rochdale fail to beat Fleetwood and Newport respectively.
Listing numerous incentives for his side ahead of taking on the Iron, the City chief said: "We will be approaching the game the same as all the others. We have been on a good run and would like to try and keep that going from a mental point of view.
"There is also still the jostling for a play-off position and there are three teams battling for the champions' trophy. That will make it harder for us but we will just be looking after ourselves and, if we do our jobs, we will get a good result.
"It makes no difference that it's the last game of the season. We still want to keep clean sheets and pick up points.
"We have 1,500 supporters going there so we have a duty to go out and perform. We have not got the luxury or the resources to have 30 or 35 players, so we can rest ten or 11 and bring in ten or 11of the same calibre.
"I also think that playing on a regular basis keeps players focused and mentally sharp whereas, if they are taken out for a game, they have got to pick that up again. If we rested one or two, I would not want them thinking they are better than anybody else either."
A defeat at Scunthorpe will see City finish the campaign seventh if Southend beat or draw against Burton at home this weekend.
Should the Minstermen draw though and the honours end even at Roots Hall or Burton win, then Worthington's side will stay sixth.
If City beat Scunthorpe and Burton fail to pick up more than a point in Essex, however, the Bootham Crescent club will jump to fifth and play their semi-final, second leg at home.
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