BEN Davies has welcomed York City manager Nigel Worthington’s decision not to rest players at Scunthorpe this afternoon.
The Minstermen travel to Glanford Park having already secured a top-seven place but, while fellow play-off semi-finalists Fleetwood, Southend and Burton have all suggested they will be rotating their squads today, the on-loan Preston left-back is pleased he is unlikely to be given a breather.
Davies, 18, has started more league games this term than any other City player, kicking off 43 with fellow full-back Lanre Oyebanjo closest to that tally on 40.
The Cumbrian-born defender is proud of that record and added: “I definitely want to play against Scunthorpe.
“When you look back at your career, you don’t want to say you missed any games to have a rest. I came here to play as many games as I could.
“I didn’t know it would go as well as it has done and I just want to
finish that off now. The pressure will be off us a little bit at Scunthorpe, but we have gone 16 games
unbeaten and don’t want to lose that record before the play-offs.
“We also don’t know who we will be playing and know that could be important potentially because it can determine how the semi-final games will go.”
The Scunthorpe clash could also present another opportunity for Worthington to look at central midfielder Adam Reed on the left wing.
Reed has lined up in front of Davies or the last game and a half and the latter is comfortable with their partnership, saying: “He got on the end of a few chances against Newport and, if he gets those opportunities again, I am sure he will put them away. He looked a threat and it has gone well out there.”
Along with Oyebanjo, Davies is the only City player to have featured in all six matches against next week’s potential play-off opponents and is not concerned who the team will be pitted against.
The Minstermen drew twice with Burton this term, shared a win apiece against Fleetwood and both games versus Southend would have finished honours even but for a last-minute home goal at Roots Hall after Ryan Bowman had been sent off.
Delivering his assessment on the trio, Davies said: “When we played Fleetwood at home, they really were better than us to be fair but, later on in the season, we beat them away. They are a decent side who like to pass the ball but I don’t mind who we come up against.
“We had two decent results in tight games against Burton. We were unlucky at Southend and there wasn’t much between us in the home game.”
Davies is also placing little significance on whether City will have to play their home leg first or second, arguing: “I don’t think it matters.
“You just have to make the most of both games. Ultimately, it will probably come down to the second leg and we have done just as well away from home this season, so I am confident we can go anywhere and get a result.”
Having only made three senior appearances prior to agreeing season-long loan terms at Bootham Crescent last summer, Davies is now trying not to get ahead of himself by reflecting on the possibility of ending his first full season as a professional at Wembley .
“I didn’t expect that in a million years to be fair,” Davies confessed. “It would be unbelievable and I would really enjoy that but there’s a bit of work to be done to get to that stage.
“I don’t want to get carried away and big it up thinking it will happen, because we have got to make sure it will happen.”
With Preston in the League One play-offs, there is a genuine chance, meanwhile, that Davies’ parent club and current team could be playing at the world-famous home of English football on consecutive days.
But, in that scenario, Davies would only be focussing on one fixture, explaining: “It is good for Preston and they have been up there all season. It might be more of a surprise that we are in the play-offs but I’m just looking forward to my own games and that’s all.”
Davies is due to return to Deepdale after the play-offs but revealed that no discussions have yet taken place concerning where he will be playing his football in 2014/15.
“I’m not too sure where I will be next season, so I am just keeping my head down until that gets sorted,” he pointed out.