York City striker to put the pressure drop on Fleetwood
Updated 12:04pm Thursday 15th May 2014 in Sport
CALVIN ANDREW plans to get "right in the faces" of Fleetwood Town as York City look to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their League Two play-off semi-final second-leg clash on Friday night.
The striker belives a high tempo and putting pressure on the Lancashire side higher up the pitch will be one of the keys to ensuring it is the Minstermen who are contesting the play-off final at Wembley on May 26.
Andrew conceded that York paid for a slow start against the Cod Army at Bootham Crescent but was enthused by the response of his teammates after Matty Blair's 50th minute goal put Fleetwood in front and gave them a half-time lead in the tie.
The 27-year-old believes repeating that spell from the start at Highbury Stadium could pay dividends for City.
"It was hard work," Andrew said of Monday night's encounter. "We didn't start the game probably as we would have wanted to and we paid for it in the end. We are still in the tie and we will go there on Friday confident that we can get something still from the situation.
"It would have been nice to have got a goal and got a draw but we are confident. It's quite difficult. I think teams might have sussed us out a little bit. I have got three or four players around me all the time trying to stop me from winning the ball. I still did what I could and we will give it our best again."
Asked what Nigel Worthington's men could do to turn things around on the coast, Andrew added: "I think we need to improve our all round pressure. They keep the ball quite well. That's key for us - to be right on the front foot and right up against them, try and force them into mistakes and try and nick the ball off them higher up the pitch.
"We are always capable of creating chances and getting shots on target and it was just unfortunate that one didn't go in for us. We have to come straight out of the gates, from the whistle, (with) high pressure and high tempo and get right in their faces. If we can start that game the way we finished this one we should get something from it."
Andrew also believes Ian Hume's missed chance to put Fleetwood further ahead with seven minutes remaining, when he pushed his shot wide of Nick Pope's right-hand post when clear through on goal, could yet prove to be a turning point in the contest.
"Of course it could," he said. "In football, in a game over two legs, every chance you get you have got to try and take. I am confident, and I think we are confident, we can get something from Friday's tie.
"It's our first loss in 17 gamesand I think we were a bit unfortunate at times in the game. We created enough chances. It wasn't like we lost 1-0 and didn't create anything. If we do the right things we can still get something. There is a lot of football still to be played."