Nigel Worthington applauds York City character after Scunthorpe fightback

Nigel Worthington applauds York City character after Scunthorpe fightback

Nigel Worthington organises his York City side from the touchline at Scunthorpe

York City fans celebrate their side's comeback from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe

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YORK City manager Nigel Worthington hailed his team’s “character” after they fought back to draw 2-2 at promoted Scunthorpe.

Goals by Ryan Brobbel and Calvin Andrew cancelled out earlier efforts from Iron pair Paddy Madden and Terry Hawkridge to extend the Minstermen’s unbeaten run to a 17th game.

Worthington’s team will now prepare for a two-legged, play-off semi-final against Fleetwood with the first match at Bootham Crescent on Saturday night, kick-off 7.30pm.

The return fixture, meanwhile, will be held at Highbury on Friday, May 16, kick-off 7.45pm.

But, on the performance that concluded City’s regular season, Worthington said: “I thought we were off the pace a bit in the first half. We allowed Scunthorpe to pass the ball far too easily, so we mentioned one word at half-time – character.

“It’s a bit easier when you are 1-0 up to keep a clean sheet and get a result as we have been doing but, when you go two down, you look for character in your team and that shone through in bundles during a magnificent second half. We were trying things in that first half that we don’t normally do and can’t do so we asked the players to simplify everything and step up their game in the second half.

“We pushed them back, pressed and pressed and won no end of corners. We also had a couple of very good half chances and I was delighted that we came back to draw 2-2 because the biggest thing was to keep the unbeaten run going.”

City were also cheered on by just under 1,400 fans in North Lincolnshire and a grateful Worthington added: “Our support was unbelievable.

“I can’t thank them enough. We are always delighted to see our home supporters but the people who travel the length and breadth of the country and give up their time and pay for tickets deserve great credit and are a big part of what’s going on at the club.”

On his team’s next challenge, Worthington said: “It’s all about dealing with Fleetwood now. That will involve preparing right mentally to handle the situation and we will be getting to work on that first thing Monday morning.”

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10:43am Sun 4 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

This performance answered a vital question - We all knew that York City were a hard team to score against. But if our defence was cracked, then did we have the ability to chase a game and fight back?. This match showed us that York City do have another side to their game. We may well have to repeat this display in the play-offs, if we want to keep that dream alive. "Keep the Faith" - bring on Fleetwod.
This performance answered a vital question - We all knew that York City were a hard team to score against. But if our defence was cracked, then did we have the ability to chase a game and fight back?. This match showed us that York City do have another side to their game. We may well have to repeat this display in the play-offs, if we want to keep that dream alive. "Keep the Faith" - bring on Fleetwod. OLD - HEAD
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11:22am Sun 4 May 14

bh12man says...

The longer you are on a fantastic run of results, the more fearful you can become of it coming to an abrupt end. We’ve all applauded our defensive meanness, but I suspect we’ve all wondered if we had the flair to come back from going a goal behind, and if NW would change things to make something happen.

So, go back to yesterday, not 1 down but 2 down and getting a bit of a run around. Here comes that abrupt end.........or so I feared.

The response was magnificent from the manager, players and fans.

If ever a game demonstrated why we have every chance in the play offs, this was it. Brobbel’s goal was an unexpected as it was glorious, just at the right time. Montrose was replaced after a poor first half, and Hayhurst showed why he should play on the left and gave far and away his best performance for the club.

It was also fitting that Calvin Andrew scored the equaliser, as he gave a tireless performance. He definitely met Hayhurst’s low drive, despite what media outlets may say.

Two different scorers, two key players with their confidence boosted just at the right time.

I left Glanford Park exhilarated, and convinced that we have the character, the determination, the flair, and the ability to raise our game. It was a cracking match, and vindicated NW’s decision to play his strongest XI. The support was as loud and as raucous as I can remember. Brilliant.

Whatever happens in the play-offs, City have been fantastic in 2014 and there is plenty to be optimistic about going forwards. Dare to dream...............
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The longer you are on a fantastic run of results, the more fearful you can become of it coming to an abrupt end. We’ve all applauded our defensive meanness, but I suspect we’ve all wondered if we had the flair to come back from going a goal behind, and if NW would change things to make something happen. So, go back to yesterday, not 1 down but 2 down and getting a bit of a run around. Here comes that abrupt end.........or so I feared. The response was magnificent from the manager, players and fans. If ever a game demonstrated why we have every chance in the play offs, this was it. Brobbel’s goal was an unexpected as it was glorious, just at the right time. Montrose was replaced after a poor first half, and Hayhurst showed why he should play on the left and gave far and away his best performance for the club. It was also fitting that Calvin Andrew scored the equaliser, as he gave a tireless performance. He definitely met Hayhurst’s low drive, despite what media outlets may say. Two different scorers, two key players with their confidence boosted just at the right time. I left Glanford Park exhilarated, and convinced that we have the character, the determination, the flair, and the ability to raise our game. It was a cracking match, and vindicated NW’s decision to play his strongest XI. The support was as loud and as raucous as I can remember. Brilliant. Whatever happens in the play-offs, City have been fantastic in 2014 and there is plenty to be optimistic about going forwards. Dare to dream............... ....... bh12man
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