Worthington hails York City squad in wake of play-off exit

York Press: York City forward Michael Coulson, centre, is distraught at the final whistle as Fleetwood fans invade the pitch to celebrate their Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final triumph. Picture: Gordon Clayton York City forward Michael Coulson, centre, is distraught at the final whistle as Fleetwood fans invade the pitch to celebrate their Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final triumph. Picture: Gordon Clayton

NIGEL Worthington declared himself “proud” of his York City players despite the club’s play-off bid ending at Fleetwood last night.

The Minstermen held their hosts to a 0-0 draw following a spirited show during last night’s second leg on the Lancashire coast.

But ex-Bootham Crescent hero Matty Blair’s first-leg goal proved decisive in a 1-0 aggregate win and sent the Cod Army to Wembley for a May 26 final meeting with either Burton or Southend.

Worthington had nothing but praise, though, for his players’ efforts against Fleetwood and throughout their Sky Bet League Two campaign.

He said: “It was a tremendous effort from start to finish. The energy and commitment never stopped and that’s the group of players we have got.

“As manager of the club, I am very proud of them because they have done that on a regular basis and, to come away to a side like Fleetwood and put on a good show, they deserve full credit. There were a lot of half-chances that did not really fall to us.

“Sometimes, you have to make it happen and maybe we could have finished better or been sharper but they are a good side, make no mistake about that and I wish them all the best in the final.”

Worthington reserved special plaudits for skipper Russell Penn after an inspirational second-leg display, adding: “He epitomises what we are all about.

“He picked up bumps and bruises and there are other players who might have come off because he was battered but he’s a big character and, as a leader on and off the pitch, he has been absolutely fantastic.”

Worthington went on to reveal that he has already identified targets to strengthen his squad for next season and that he will speak to the current out-of-contract players early next week.

The present deals of Lanre Oyebanjo, Michael Coulson, Adam Reed, Calvin Andrew, Tom Allan and Chris Dickinson have all now expired, while Nick Pope, Ben Davies, Will Hayhurst and Ryan Brobbel will all return to their parent clubs.

Worthington said: “We are disappointed at the moment but we have got to get over that, dust ourselves down and get ready for the new season after we have had a holiday. Expectations will rise but, as a manager and players, we have to live with that.

“The budget won’t change. We have clarified that it will be the same and we will deal with that by maximising it as much as possible by bringing players in who will work as hard as the team did last night.

“We have already identified targets and that is on the go all the while. We have a fantastic spine to the team and will be looking to add to the goalkeeping situation now.

“I will also be speaking to a group of players on Monday afternoon and another group on Tuesday afternoon about how we will be moving forward.”

Worthington was quick, meanwhile, to pay tribute to the efforts of everybody at the club during his first full season at the helm, saying: “I would like to thank all my staff – Steve Torpey, Richard Dryden, Andy Collett, Jeff Miller and Rob Batty – as well as everybody at the club because this season has been a real club and team effort.”

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11:44am Sat 17 May 14

ian923 says...

Great performances last night from most of the City players but I thought Hayhurst was poor, couldn't,t retain the ball in good positions and Bowman hardly featured. He is not the answer to replace an injured Fletcher. Calvin Andrew deserves a new contract and if we can,t get them back next season Pope and Davies will be missed. Davies improved all season in my view. If Nigel can solve the scoring problem ( lack of goals) as effectively as he dealt with the leaky defence we should be in the top 3 most of next season. He clearly already knows who will leave and has already identified new targets so look forward to bits of news over close season and then to the new season. It would be great to get promotion to Div 1 in the season before moving to a new stadium.
Great performances last night from most of the City players but I thought Hayhurst was poor, couldn't,t retain the ball in good positions and Bowman hardly featured. He is not the answer to replace an injured Fletcher. Calvin Andrew deserves a new contract and if we can,t get them back next season Pope and Davies will be missed. Davies improved all season in my view. If Nigel can solve the scoring problem ( lack of goals) as effectively as he dealt with the leaky defence we should be in the top 3 most of next season. He clearly already knows who will leave and has already identified new targets so look forward to bits of news over close season and then to the new season. It would be great to get promotion to Div 1 in the season before moving to a new stadium. ian923
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Sat 17 May 14

redbluelion says...

well done to all at york city fc , what a turn around to the season only missing out on another trip to wembley by a single goal. lets now start to make plans for next season.and a message for Luton Town,hands of our players i hear your already sniffing round us,but welcome back to the league,can't wait for us to play you lot again,so we can stuff you all over again..
well done to all at york city fc , what a turn around to the season only missing out on another trip to wembley by a single goal. lets now start to make plans for next season.and a message for Luton Town,hands of our players i hear your already sniffing round us,but welcome back to the league,can't wait for us to play you lot again,so we can stuff you all over again.. redbluelion
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Sat 17 May 14

TheBurton says...

Could not be prouder of York City FC after this season. To say where we finished last year, looking at our place at Christmas to see where we finish at the end of this season it is a testament to the players, the management team, the club and the supporters.
I don' t think any fan will be overly disappointed that we won't be getting promoted, slightly perhaps.
Looking forward to next season!
Could not be prouder of York City FC after this season. To say where we finished last year, looking at our place at Christmas to see where we finish at the end of this season it is a testament to the players, the management team, the club and the supporters. I don' t think any fan will be overly disappointed that we won't be getting promoted, slightly perhaps. Looking forward to next season! TheBurton
  • Score: 8

1:52pm Sat 17 May 14

bierhoff says...

Great performance from the players last night and over the course of the season, just a shame we didn't quite have that cutting edge but all credit to the players, management and board for making massive progress this year.

Hopefully with a couple of signings and the speedy return of Fletcher and Carson and we can challenge again next season. Whatever happens at the very least we know we can keep our trust in Worthington!
Great performance from the players last night and over the course of the season, just a shame we didn't quite have that cutting edge but all credit to the players, management and board for making massive progress this year. Hopefully with a couple of signings and the speedy return of Fletcher and Carson and we can challenge again next season. Whatever happens at the very least we know we can keep our trust in Worthington! bierhoff
  • Score: 8

3:00pm Sat 17 May 14

NottsExile says...

I see that Burton have won through to the play-off final. I wonder how many will attend on May 26th? It is potentially the worst case for the Football League unless the Fleetwood Chairman funds a rent-a-crowd from Blackpool or anywhere else as both clubs are a little light on numbers through the turnstiles.
I am looking forward to what happens on the recruitment front in the coming weeks. Mr Worthington will have made up his mind about targets. The Board will take great heart from this end of season and I believe they will provide a promotion fund. I would like to think that our players will remain with a club on the rise and not be tempted by false promises from our rivals. Given our fantastic support I think we will see nobody being drawn away.
I see that Burton have won through to the play-off final. I wonder how many will attend on May 26th? It is potentially the worst case for the Football League unless the Fleetwood Chairman funds a rent-a-crowd from Blackpool or anywhere else as both clubs are a little light on numbers through the turnstiles. I am looking forward to what happens on the recruitment front in the coming weeks. Mr Worthington will have made up his mind about targets. The Board will take great heart from this end of season and I believe they will provide a promotion fund. I would like to think that our players will remain with a club on the rise and not be tempted by false promises from our rivals. Given our fantastic support I think we will see nobody being drawn away. NottsExile
  • Score: 5

3:30pm Sat 17 May 14

redbluelion says...

just heard fleetwood have booked a minibus for wembley to make sure all there fans get there ok...the taxi just ain't big enough for that game..
just heard fleetwood have booked a minibus for wembley to make sure all there fans get there ok...the taxi just ain't big enough for that game.. redbluelion
  • Score: 16

3:53pm Sat 17 May 14

openallhours says...

Full credit to the players, they gave their best and kept battling all the way but it just wasn't to be. Onwards and upward next season.
Full credit to the players, they gave their best and kept battling all the way but it just wasn't to be. Onwards and upward next season. openallhours
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Sat 17 May 14

Southern Exile says...

McGlashan turned down new contract at Cheltenham... another one from there?
McGlashan turned down new contract at Cheltenham... another one from there? Southern Exile
  • Score: 4

5:44pm Sat 17 May 14

Southern Exile says...

Appalling journey back south last night, M6 and M5 closed... got back about 1.45... great performance though, Penn absolutely outstanding plus the whole back 5 again...
Appalling journey back south last night, M6 and M5 closed... got back about 1.45... great performance though, Penn absolutely outstanding plus the whole back 5 again... Southern Exile
  • Score: 6

6:11pm Sat 17 May 14

NottsExile says...

Southern Exile wrote:
McGlashan turned down new contract at Cheltenham... another one from there?
I was thinking exactly the same. I wonder if someone has had a word in his ear, and the timing is really interesting.
What is he like?
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: McGlashan turned down new contract at Cheltenham... another one from there?[/p][/quote]I was thinking exactly the same. I wonder if someone has had a word in his ear, and the timing is really interesting. What is he like? NottsExile
  • Score: 5

9:07pm Sat 17 May 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

120% (and more from Penn) effort last night. The city can be proud of what has been achieved this season. Also fantastic vocal support from the travelling faithful.

Hats off to the Fleetwood supporter who made a point of getting through the "barrier" and shaking hands with City supporters - and hats off too to City fans for letting him do so.

Hope that the action of Lanre throwing his shirt to the crowd does not mean that last night was his last game for City. And if you are wondering who the 67 year old was who defied gravity (and age) to leap to grab this prize possession, it was me! Trouble is Lanre's only a medium and I am at least two sizes up from that!

Already looking forward to next season - when do season tickets go on sale? COYR
120% (and more from Penn) effort last night. The city can be proud of what has been achieved this season. Also fantastic vocal support from the travelling faithful. Hats off to the Fleetwood supporter who made a point of getting through the "barrier" and shaking hands with City supporters - and hats off too to City fans for letting him do so. Hope that the action of Lanre throwing his shirt to the crowd does not mean that last night was his last game for City. And if you are wondering who the 67 year old was who defied gravity (and age) to leap to grab this prize possession, it was me! Trouble is Lanre's only a medium and I am at least two sizes up from that! Already looking forward to next season - when do season tickets go on sale? COYR North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 12

10:19am Sun 18 May 14

T.R.M1974 says...

A massive effort this season to turn things round, NW shipped out most of the promotion squad and we were then able to compete physicaly at this level it has not always been easy on the eye but I would always take points over playing the ball about and getting nothing. Walking out of Highbury I was not to despondent because I was looking to the future,for me we have the best defensive partnership in the division we can only build on things. Can't wait now to see the retained list and transfer targets we will be ok if we get a #baller next to Russ Penn so roll on next season COYR!
A massive effort this season to turn things round, NW shipped out most of the promotion squad and we were then able to compete physicaly at this level it has not always been easy on the eye but I would always take points over playing the ball about and getting nothing. Walking out of Highbury I was not to despondent because I was looking to the future,for me we have the best defensive partnership in the division we can only build on things. Can't wait now to see the retained list and transfer targets we will be ok if we get a #baller next to Russ Penn so roll on next season COYR! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 8

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