Agony for York City boss Nigel Worthington as Northampton Town snatch Sky Bet League Two point

York City players are left stunned by Northampton's late leveller at Bootham Crescent

York City players are left stunned by Northampton's late leveller at Bootham Crescent

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

NIGEL WORTHINGTON is demanding new levels of concentration from his players following another late goal that scuppered his York City side.

The Minstermen manager was disappointed after his men conceded their third last minute goal in a week to drop another two points in a 1-1 draw with Northampton Town at Bootham Crescent in Sky Bet League Two.

Marc Richards’ free-kick follows a 94th minute equaliser for Tranmere last weekend in the league and a 91st minute winner for Doncaster in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

Worthington said his team’s late lapses were “not right”.

“You can live with a goal, or an equaliser, in the last two minutes once,” he explained. “It’s hard to take a second time. But three times in a week, it’s not right.

“We need to look at the concentration.

“Performance wise, positive thinking and attitude, I can’t fault the players. Their performance level over the first three games has been exceptional.

“But, for me, we didn’t pass the ball as we can do. We were a little bit rash, a little bit hurried and there is no need for that.”

Worthington also believes City must start to score more goals.

He said: “We had three chances in the first 15 minutes and we have got to take them. If you don’t take chances then you are always likely to suffer what has happened in the last three games.

“It is the same in all of them. We have had the chances and we are not taking them. We have got to, by hook or by crook, become more focused and determined to get that ball in the back of the net.

“You have got to keep a calm head, a cool head and make the opposition pay with your passing. There were some rash clearances where it was going straight to Northampton.

“If you do that, the ball keeps coming back at you. The free-kick is never a free-kick but the referee has given it so you have got to deal with it and we didn’t deal with it as we should have done.

“It has been a tough week - three goals against in the last three minutes of the game. We’ve another big game on Tuesday night at home (to Cambridge) and we have got to get ready for that.”

Asked whether his players looked nervous in the closing minutes of matches, Worthington said: “That comes from the individual. They have got to have the awareness, the calmness and the coolness to deal with it. That’s part and parcel of football.

“You are annoyed. The assistant referee put the four minutes up straight after they scored. It is a case of managing the game. From ten to 12 minutes (remaining) we were doing that quite nicely. Then there was a little bit of not panic but we were dismissing the ball far too easily and not under an awful lot of pressure.

“That’s something we have got to be aware of and deal with better.”

City have been drawn at League One Barnsley in the opening round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The tie will take place at Oakwell in the week beginning September 1.

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11:55am Sun 17 Aug 14

TheBurton says...

Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball.
Need a more level headed approach from our captain.
Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball. Need a more level headed approach from our captain. TheBurton
  • Score: -8

1:03pm Sun 17 Aug 14

arsene.about.york says...

I was talking to 3 Northampton fans in town after the game and even they admitted that O'Toole had dived to get the free kick. Which was no surprise as he had been at it all afternoon. The ref really should have sorted him out earlier. But, having said that, whoever set that wall up it was 5 yards too far over to the right and,I'm afraid Mooney was left looking like the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps these late goals won't matter so much when we have Fletcher and Hyde back fully fit and hopefully scoring more than 1 goal a game. But, until then we look like being stuck with 1-1 draws.
I was talking to 3 Northampton fans in town after the game and even they admitted that O'Toole had dived to get the free kick. Which was no surprise as he had been at it all afternoon. The ref really should have sorted him out earlier. But, having said that, whoever set that wall up it was 5 yards too far over to the right and,I'm afraid Mooney was left looking like the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps these late goals won't matter so much when we have Fletcher and Hyde back fully fit and hopefully scoring more than 1 goal a game. But, until then we look like being stuck with 1-1 draws. arsene.about.york
  • Score: 6

1:50pm Sun 17 Aug 14

FortessBC says...

TheBurton wrote:
Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball.
Need a more level headed approach from our captain.
Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead
[quote][p][bold]TheBurton[/bold] wrote: Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball. Need a more level headed approach from our captain.[/p][/quote]Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead FortessBC
  • Score: 6

3:36pm Sun 17 Aug 14

T.R.M1974 says...

FortessBC wrote:
TheBurton wrote:
Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball.
Need a more level headed approach from our captain.
Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead
Penn did not cost us the game Timmy the Tool mugged the ref big time
[quote][p][bold]FortessBC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheBurton[/bold] wrote: Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball. Need a more level headed approach from our captain.[/p][/quote]Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead[/p][/quote]Penn did not cost us the game Timmy the Tool mugged the ref big time T.R.M1974
  • Score: 7

3:54pm Sun 17 Aug 14

TheBurton says...

FortessBC wrote:
TheBurton wrote:
Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball.
Need a more level headed approach from our captain.
Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead
Well I mean he did, it was a stupid foul, and it was a foul on O'Toole, he didn't dive, all because he had been having a little scrap with him throughout the game.
[quote][p][bold]FortessBC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheBurton[/bold] wrote: Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball. Need a more level headed approach from our captain.[/p][/quote]Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead[/p][/quote]Well I mean he did, it was a stupid foul, and it was a foul on O'Toole, he didn't dive, all because he had been having a little scrap with him throughout the game. TheBurton
  • Score: -6

4:24pm Sun 17 Aug 14

SelseyBill says...

Sounds like the lack of goals is just like last season but now the defence are losing their cool at the end. Come City you can do better
Sounds like the lack of goals is just like last season but now the defence are losing their cool at the end. Come City you can do better SelseyBill
  • Score: 4

4:26pm Sun 17 Aug 14

SelseyBill says...

We need to score goals, more than 1 a game to have any chance of a good season!!!!!!!!!
We need to score goals, more than 1 a game to have any chance of a good season!!!!!!!!! SelseyBill
  • Score: -1

6:01pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Some old bloke says...

TheBurton wrote:
FortessBC wrote:
TheBurton wrote:
Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball.
Need a more level headed approach from our captain.
Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead
Well I mean he did, it was a stupid foul, and it was a foul on O'Toole, he didn't dive, all because he had been having a little scrap with him throughout the game.
Having seen the highlights, it's clear that O'Tool stuck his leg out so that he made contact with Penn, then it looked realistic when he expertly threw himself down. We see this kind of 'foul' nearly every week on MOTD. The Northampton players obviously practice this, it's just a shame the ref didn't spot it. I'm sure O'Toole will be very pleased that his cheating grabbed a point for his team.
Having said that, it seemed that the wall was in slightly the wrong place and the kick was well placed. It's unfair to blame Mooney (except for the placing of the wall) since he was guarding the other side of the goal.
Overall I thought City played well - I actually feel quite optimistic about the rest of the season.
[quote][p][bold]TheBurton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FortessBC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheBurton[/bold] wrote: Russell Penn cost us that game yesterday after what I thought we utterly dominated. He had been having little scraps in the middle of the park with Jon Joe O'Toole all afternoon and from where I was sitting I could tell when he fouled him leading up to the free kick and consequently, the equaliser that he was no where near the ball. Need a more level headed approach from our captain.[/p][/quote]Penn did not cost us the game, our inability to take our chances did. After a poor first half we were better in the 2nd half but still did not have enough composure in front of goal. Until we do there will be more games on a knife edge as we are vulnerable when holding onto a 1-0 lead[/p][/quote]Well I mean he did, it was a stupid foul, and it was a foul on O'Toole, he didn't dive, all because he had been having a little scrap with him throughout the game.[/p][/quote]Having seen the highlights, it's clear that O'Tool stuck his leg out so that he made contact with Penn, then it looked realistic when he expertly threw himself down. We see this kind of 'foul' nearly every week on MOTD. The Northampton players obviously practice this, it's just a shame the ref didn't spot it. I'm sure O'Toole will be very pleased that his cheating grabbed a point for his team. Having said that, it seemed that the wall was in slightly the wrong place and the kick was well placed. It's unfair to blame Mooney (except for the placing of the wall) since he was guarding the other side of the goal. Overall I thought City played well - I actually feel quite optimistic about the rest of the season. Some old bloke
  • Score: 9

8:13pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Monks Boss says...

Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic!
Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic! Monks Boss
  • Score: 5

8:57pm Sun 17 Aug 14

bill bailey says...

Monks Boss wrote:
Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic!
Last year I called the cup something similar and got hung out to dry . your turn this year. All the best MB.
[quote][p][bold]Monks Boss[/bold] wrote: Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic![/p][/quote]Last year I called the cup something similar and got hung out to dry . your turn this year. All the best MB. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Anysport says...

Strange how it is perfectly okay for the centre backs to launch the ball out of the ground up to minute 85, but when Tom Platt does it in the last 5, it's inexperience.

Ref had an up & down game - brave to book the dive; then bottled sending Tony off for clattering Lowe.

But there were positives - good to Hyde back up front & the start of the return of Wes is excellent. Again both wide players were excellent & as others have said Miekle is outstanding going forward & can get a tackle in when tracking back, just needs a goal to settle him down in front of goal.
Strange how it is perfectly okay for the centre backs to launch the ball out of the ground up to minute 85, but when Tom Platt does it in the last 5, it's inexperience. Ref had an up & down game - brave to book the dive; then bottled sending Tony off for clattering Lowe. But there were positives - good to Hyde back up front & the start of the return of Wes is excellent. Again both wide players were excellent & as others have said Miekle is outstanding going forward & can get a tackle in when tracking back, just needs a goal to settle him down in front of goal. Anysport
  • Score: 4

9:09am Mon 18 Aug 14

FortessBC says...

Monks Boss wrote:
Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic!
Sensible comment. After 10 games last season we had 11 points and were 16th in the league. i recall there was a lot of doom and gloom around at the time. It will be interesting to see how many points we have after 10 games this season, I am confident quite a few more. COYR
[quote][p][bold]Monks Boss[/bold] wrote: Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic![/p][/quote]Sensible comment. After 10 games last season we had 11 points and were 16th in the league. i recall there was a lot of doom and gloom around at the time. It will be interesting to see how many points we have after 10 games this season, I am confident quite a few more. COYR FortessBC
  • Score: 5

4:36pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Monks Boss says...

bill bailey wrote:
Monks Boss wrote:
Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic!
Last year I called the cup something similar and got hung out to dry . your turn this year. All the best MB.
Hey,thanks for the warning! Ha
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Monks Boss[/bold] wrote: Lets just all keep our cool, apart from the mickey mouse cup we are undefeated.York will turn it around and start banging them goals in ,don't panic![/p][/quote]Last year I called the cup something similar and got hung out to dry . your turn this year. All the best MB.[/p][/quote]Hey,thanks for the warning! Ha Monks Boss
  • Score: 0

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