York City boss Nigel Worthington wants no nerves for play-off match

York City manager Nigel Worthington says Saturday's play-off semi-final first leg should not be tense

York City manager Nigel Worthington says Saturday's play-off semi-final first leg should not be tense

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NIGEL Worthington wants no nervous tension - on or off the pitch - when his York City team kick off their two-legged, play-off semi-final against Fleetwood at Bootham Crescent.

Saturday night's match will be a sell-out for home fans and Worthington is asking for the Minstermen faithful to create a cauldron of noise for the live televised clash.

He insisted that nobody should feel anxious about the game and, rather, embrace the occasion, as the club aim to reach Wembley for a fifth time in as many years.

On this weekend's first leg, the City boss said: "I don't think it should be tense and there is no reason why we shouldn't be confident. We are on a fantastic run of 17 games unbeaten and I am hoping there is a really good atmosphere with lots of noise.

"We had 1,400 fans at Scunthorpe last weekend and it was fantastic. Getting that support behind the players again will be a huge thing in terms of pushing them on.

"We have got two fantastic games going live across the country so there will be a lot of people watching the situation and that's a fantastic opportunity for the players to embrace, enjoy and to perform in front of. Both teams will be looking to take an advantage into the second game at Fleetwood.

"If we don't get that advantage, we have got to make sure we are still in with a good shout going there."

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5:45pm Thu 8 May 14

yorkshirecalling says...

I always found nerves seemed less intimidating when referred to as butterflies in your tummy. Perhaps Nigel could use that method.
I always found nerves seemed less intimidating when referred to as butterflies in your tummy. Perhaps Nigel could use that method. yorkshirecalling
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5:50pm Thu 8 May 14

yorkshirecalling says...

With his overall grey look NW looks a bit like Lady Liberty herself in that pic. Maybe one day he will actually have a statue in the city. But where to put it? I for one think it should be in the tear drop shaped piece of land near the station or Nestlé North.
With his overall grey look NW looks a bit like Lady Liberty herself in that pic. Maybe one day he will actually have a statue in the city. But where to put it? I for one think it should be in the tear drop shaped piece of land near the station or Nestlé North. yorkshirecalling
  • Score: -1

5:53pm Thu 8 May 14

bh12man says...

It's been reported on the club facebook feed that there are 69 standing and 115 seats left for the away leg. 872 sold today is a good effort.

Get in there quick from 09:00 tomorrow!
It's been reported on the club facebook feed that there are 69 standing and 115 seats left for the away leg. 872 sold today is a good effort. Get in there quick from 09:00 tomorrow! bh12man
  • Score: 3

6:07pm Thu 8 May 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Fleetwood players are probably under greater pressure to achieve because of the amounts of money thrown at the club in recent years and the high expectations of their fans this season. So, if it's about "nerves", our lads should be more relaxed.

Whatever,we know that they will be giving their all over the next two weekends - we are due a relaxed win!
Fleetwood players are probably under greater pressure to achieve because of the amounts of money thrown at the club in recent years and the high expectations of their fans this season. So, if it's about "nerves", our lads should be more relaxed. Whatever,we know that they will be giving their all over the next two weekends - we are due a relaxed win! North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 5

6:13pm Thu 8 May 14

new_fr says...

Given our position at the end of 2013, we never really expected to be here, it’s a bonus and so no nerves. Whereas, Fleetwood, promotion hopefuls all season, fall out of the top 3 and are in last chance saloon. Fleetwood, nerves or what?
Given our position at the end of 2013, we never really expected to be here, it’s a bonus and so no nerves. Whereas, Fleetwood, promotion hopefuls all season, fall out of the top 3 and are in last chance saloon. Fleetwood, nerves or what? new_fr
  • Score: 10

6:18pm Thu 8 May 14

NottsExile says...

Nigel is right. We have achieved far more than any of us expected thanks to his excellent stewardship. If he intends to come over as calm, collected and in control then he has also succeeded in that too. He is just the sort of leader we need. I am sure we all share a collective nervousness/ excitement and no doubt Nigel will have prepared the players for the next two games.
Nobody will expect a game where we can relax so let us raise the roof, make the Fleetwood players wary of us and give our players that wave of support that will carry them forward.
Let our growing reputation as a team that is hard to beat make our opponents nervous!!
Nigel is right. We have achieved far more than any of us expected thanks to his excellent stewardship. If he intends to come over as calm, collected and in control then he has also succeeded in that too. He is just the sort of leader we need. I am sure we all share a collective nervousness/ excitement and no doubt Nigel will have prepared the players for the next two games. Nobody will expect a game where we can relax so let us raise the roof, make the Fleetwood players wary of us and give our players that wave of support that will carry them forward. Let our growing reputation as a team that is hard to beat make our opponents nervous!! NottsExile
  • Score: 14

6:26pm Thu 8 May 14

DavidBu says...

I have miraculously managed to get a ticket for the first leg and just can't wait to catch the surprise train home to York Saturday lunchtime. If the weather forecast proves correct, the ground will be heavy and he game will be even more gruelling.
I hope that we take the fight to Fleetwood of whom we should now have no fear..
Whatever special techniques NW plans to administer to our players before kick off, they are unlikely to have much effect on my nerves, which are already starting to fray.
YCFC we are proud of you, from far and wide
I have miraculously managed to get a ticket for the first leg and just can't wait to catch the surprise train home to York Saturday lunchtime. If the weather forecast proves correct, the ground will be heavy and he game will be even more gruelling. I hope that we take the fight to Fleetwood of whom we should now have no fear.. Whatever special techniques NW plans to administer to our players before kick off, they are unlikely to have much effect on my nerves, which are already starting to fray. YCFC we are proud of you, from far and wide DavidBu
  • Score: 10

8:37pm Thu 8 May 14

chuckabuttie says...

A couple of pre-match Timmy Taylors will settle the nerves. For me that is, not the team. Although..........
A couple of pre-match Timmy Taylors will settle the nerves. For me that is, not the team. Although.......... chuckabuttie
  • Score: 5

8:46pm Thu 8 May 14

PositiveFootball says...

I am sure that NW with his experience of World Cup football can bring his calm influence to the squad. I have a feeling that he will have prepared the players to deal with the occasion so that they will feel in control and so less nervous, less stressed and more focused than Fleetwood.
I am sure that NW with his experience of World Cup football can bring his calm influence to the squad. I have a feeling that he will have prepared the players to deal with the occasion so that they will feel in control and so less nervous, less stressed and more focused than Fleetwood. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 6

9:03pm Thu 8 May 14

pip007 says...

City till we die? How long will that be? If you thought York City could never make it to the 'Premier League' check this out. http://bbc.in/1g0mXi
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City till we die? How long will that be? If you thought York City could never make it to the 'Premier League' check this out. http://bbc.in/1g0mXi 1 pip007
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9:28am Fri 9 May 14

NottsExile says...

Being a retired bloke with time on my hands I have been researching the Fleetwood mood and it makes interesting reading.
Many of them are looking forward to the FINAL and their language is complacent to say the least.
However, their fans' forums reflect a good deal of reticence, predicting a City victory more than a result for them. They cite our defence and our crowd as influential factors in the outcome.
So their nerves are kicking in and the doubts are there.
Let us capitalise and use our advantage.
One day to go and counting!!!!!
Being a retired bloke with time on my hands I have been researching the Fleetwood mood and it makes interesting reading. Many of them are looking forward to the FINAL and their language is complacent to say the least. However, their fans' forums reflect a good deal of reticence, predicting a City victory more than a result for them. They cite our defence and our crowd as influential factors in the outcome. So their nerves are kicking in and the doubts are there. Let us capitalise and use our advantage. One day to go and counting!!!!! NottsExile
  • Score: 15

10:51am Fri 9 May 14

Dr Brian says...

We are the form team we have no reason to be nervous - just keep that unbeaten run going and Wembley (our second home) is achievable. Come on City.
We are the form team we have no reason to be nervous - just keep that unbeaten run going and Wembley (our second home) is achievable. Come on City. Dr Brian
  • Score: 1

11:24am Fri 9 May 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

No nerves. We have taken this path to success before very recently. The club as a whole knows what is expected from the play off process. Let's leverage that experience and go into this game clear in what is required from each of us. What ever the result, nerves should play no part.

On another note, it would be good for the Press to run an article on how they perceive the FA's plans to introduce Prem League B Team's will affect York City. This is such a fundamental change to the league pyramid that it could be the beginning of the end for many lower league teams for the debatable benefit of the Premier League clubs and National Team.
No nerves. We have taken this path to success before very recently. The club as a whole knows what is expected from the play off process. Let's leverage that experience and go into this game clear in what is required from each of us. What ever the result, nerves should play no part. On another note, it would be good for the Press to run an article on how they perceive the FA's plans to introduce Prem League B Team's will affect York City. This is such a fundamental change to the league pyramid that it could be the beginning of the end for many lower league teams for the debatable benefit of the Premier League clubs and National Team. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 2

11:26am Fri 9 May 14

YorkCityLuke says...

If we win tomorrow - fantastic, no less than our 2014 effort deserves, and a great platform to do what we do best (locking teams out) at Fleetwood. If we draw or lose - never mind, there's another bite at the cherry and the team have already exceeded everyones expectations. The players will feel pressure if only because of the size of the crowd and the stakes of the game, but NW is right to try to lower the tension.
If we win tomorrow - fantastic, no less than our 2014 effort deserves, and a great platform to do what we do best (locking teams out) at Fleetwood. If we draw or lose - never mind, there's another bite at the cherry and the team have already exceeded everyones expectations. The players will feel pressure if only because of the size of the crowd and the stakes of the game, but NW is right to try to lower the tension. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 2

11:53am Fri 9 May 14

YCFC28 says...

What are your thoughts though if the unbeaten run is broken tomorrow (which I hope it isn't of course). Do you reckon that will dent the confidence of the boys?
What are your thoughts though if the unbeaten run is broken tomorrow (which I hope it isn't of course). Do you reckon that will dent the confidence of the boys? YCFC28
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Fri 9 May 14

YorkCityLuke says...

YCFC28 wrote:
What are your thoughts though if the unbeaten run is broken tomorrow (which I hope it isn't of course). Do you reckon that will dent the confidence of the boys?
I think it'd be a real test of character, especially for a hitherto almost impervious defense. But I suppose the Scunny game showed some of that character, I'd back us to bounce back.
[quote][p][bold]YCFC28[/bold] wrote: What are your thoughts though if the unbeaten run is broken tomorrow (which I hope it isn't of course). Do you reckon that will dent the confidence of the boys?[/p][/quote]I think it'd be a real test of character, especially for a hitherto almost impervious defense. But I suppose the Scunny game showed some of that character, I'd back us to bounce back. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 1
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