York City boss Nigel Worthington laments 'cruel' Capital One Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers

York City boss Nigel Worthington laments 'cruel' Capital One Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers

York City striker Ryan Jarvis, who was stretchered off in the second half of the Capital One Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers

York City man of the match Anthony Straker in action against Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One CupPicture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

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YORK CITY boss Nigel Worthington was left lamenting how “cruel football can be” after another late blow sent the Minstermen crashing out of the Capital One Cup.

Harry Forrester’s 91st minute goal condemned City to a 1-0 defeat at Bootham Crescent in a game they largely controlled from start to finish.

Following a stoppage time equaliser for Tranmere in York’s League Two opener last Saturday, it was the second consecutive occasion in which Worthington’s men were foiled at the death.

But the City chief insists that if his squad continue to perform to such a high standard, they will soon get the results they deserve.

“It is a disappointing smash and grab,” he said of Doncaster’s late winner. “Over the course of the game we did extremely well. We passed the ball really well and played some really good stuff.

“Over the last two games, it shows you how cruel the game of football can be. We have to live with that. There is a lot from that game to take away and get ready for Saturday.

“Obviously the players are disappointed. They put in a lot of hard work. The shape of the team was very good and everyone knew their role.

“They performed at their maximum against a League One side and came away with nothing. That’s the game. It is about how you bounce back.”

Striker Ryan Jarvis had to be stretchered off in the second half and Worthington believes the former Torquay striker has damaged his ankle ligaments.

He added: “It looks like ankle ligaments and they can be time consuming. Obviously there will be some confirmation. It’s painful and he certainly won’t be back in the next couple of weeks.

“Jake Hyde is coming along but it will probably be touch and go (whether he is ready for Northampton). But you have to live with these upsets.

“Young Ben Hirst is learning the game. He has had two parts of games already and we will look at everything and get a team that will go again.”

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11:48am Wed 13 Aug 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

A solid performance last night following on from Saturday. In both games I thought we were the dominant side, solid in defence and closing down space and winning the ball in midfield. However you cannot win football matches without putting the ball into the net and therein lies our weakness. The side is crying out for an out and out striker. With Jarvis now sidelined for several weeks, Hyde and Fletcher not match fit and Hirst vastly inexperienced at this level, I feel that NW has no option but to look around for a loan striker in time for the now very crucial Northampton game.

It would be great if Hirst could fill the role for a couple of weeks but as much as I think the lad has great potential he cannot be expected to produce at D2 level yet. His time will come (and hopefully at YCFC).

Having said all of this, getting a good striker who is match fit and available will be a very tough ask. I trust that the board and NW will not panic and bring in someone unproven just to calm the fans - we can be too demanding and blinkered sometimes.
A solid performance last night following on from Saturday. In both games I thought we were the dominant side, solid in defence and closing down space and winning the ball in midfield. However you cannot win football matches without putting the ball into the net and therein lies our weakness. The side is crying out for an out and out striker. With Jarvis now sidelined for several weeks, Hyde and Fletcher not match fit and Hirst vastly inexperienced at this level, I feel that NW has no option but to look around for a loan striker in time for the now very crucial Northampton game. It would be great if Hirst could fill the role for a couple of weeks but as much as I think the lad has great potential he cannot be expected to produce at D2 level yet. His time will come (and hopefully at YCFC). Having said all of this, getting a good striker who is match fit and available will be a very tough ask. I trust that the board and NW will not panic and bring in someone unproven just to calm the fans - we can be too demanding and blinkered sometimes. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 33

8:04am Thu 14 Aug 14

play up city says...

Played really well and was unlucky not to be in next round of the cup (we owe Donny a few from over the years).
Made some chances just couldn't tuck em away. Still think we need a target man up front..

PLAY UP CITY
Played really well and was unlucky not to be in next round of the cup (we owe Donny a few from over the years). Made some chances just couldn't tuck em away. Still think we need a target man up front.. PLAY UP CITY play up city
  • Score: 2

9:49am Thu 14 Aug 14

joejamestom says...

We played really well for most of the game presenting a real threat in spells particularly down the flanks, undone by a piece of quality by one of their subs, as with others I was impressed at times by Coulson, Straker, Penn Meikel, & Platt to mention just a few but disappointed early on by a lack of shots on target or set pieces won where I expect us to get a significant haul of goals. I stand on the fence on Mooney, for a big chap he did not come for much & I was not sure his command of the area is up to the threat or if his agility matches Ingy. The small quality squad approach looks a little exposed with the road back from injury littered with our strikers but we have to let NW do his thing & see who he can get in on loan though letting Bowman go for free looks a bit premature. Being out of this cup may prove a blessing with the lack of squad numbers time to get to the business of making headway in the League.
Cm on City!!!
We played really well for most of the game presenting a real threat in spells particularly down the flanks, undone by a piece of quality by one of their subs, as with others I was impressed at times by Coulson, Straker, Penn Meikel, & Platt to mention just a few but disappointed early on by a lack of shots on target or set pieces won where I expect us to get a significant haul of goals. I stand on the fence on Mooney, for a big chap he did not come for much & I was not sure his command of the area is up to the threat or if his agility matches Ingy. The small quality squad approach looks a little exposed with the road back from injury littered with our strikers but we have to let NW do his thing & see who he can get in on loan though letting Bowman go for free looks a bit premature. Being out of this cup may prove a blessing with the lack of squad numbers time to get to the business of making headway in the League. Cm on City!!! joejamestom
  • Score: 4

11:04am Thu 14 Aug 14

FortessBC says...

Ironically an away tie in the 2nd round at Watford would probably not have been well received so perhaps a blessing in the cold light of day. Injuries are already playing a part with our relatively small squad. NW will not want to lose any more players through injury especially with 7 games coming up in one month.
Ironically an away tie in the 2nd round at Watford would probably not have been well received so perhaps a blessing in the cold light of day. Injuries are already playing a part with our relatively small squad. NW will not want to lose any more players through injury especially with 7 games coming up in one month. FortessBC
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

play up city says...

joejamestom wrote:
We played really well for most of the game presenting a real threat in spells particularly down the flanks, undone by a piece of quality by one of their subs, as with others I was impressed at times by Coulson, Straker, Penn Meikel, & Platt to mention just a few but disappointed early on by a lack of shots on target or set pieces won where I expect us to get a significant haul of goals. I stand on the fence on Mooney, for a big chap he did not come for much & I was not sure his command of the area is up to the threat or if his agility matches Ingy. The small quality squad approach looks a little exposed with the road back from injury littered with our strikers but we have to let NW do his thing & see who he can get in on loan though letting Bowman go for free looks a bit premature. Being out of this cup may prove a blessing with the lack of squad numbers time to get to the business of making headway in the League.
Cm on City!!!
We were spoilt last season with young Nick Pope.....And yeah maybe keeping Bowman on might of been an idea....
[quote][p][bold]joejamestom[/bold] wrote: We played really well for most of the game presenting a real threat in spells particularly down the flanks, undone by a piece of quality by one of their subs, as with others I was impressed at times by Coulson, Straker, Penn Meikel, & Platt to mention just a few but disappointed early on by a lack of shots on target or set pieces won where I expect us to get a significant haul of goals. I stand on the fence on Mooney, for a big chap he did not come for much & I was not sure his command of the area is up to the threat or if his agility matches Ingy. The small quality squad approach looks a little exposed with the road back from injury littered with our strikers but we have to let NW do his thing & see who he can get in on loan though letting Bowman go for free looks a bit premature. Being out of this cup may prove a blessing with the lack of squad numbers time to get to the business of making headway in the League. Cm on City!!![/p][/quote]We were spoilt last season with young Nick Pope.....And yeah maybe keeping Bowman on might of been an idea.... play up city
  • Score: 1

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