Nigel Worthington not planning wholesale changes for York City's JPT tie

York City boss Nigel Worthington

York City boss Nigel Worthington

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YORK City boss Nigel Worthington is not planning to field a much-changed side for tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Barnsley.

Many clubs have used the competition to rotate their squad in the past, leading to a rule that states at least six players from the starting line-up of a side's last league fixture - or six of the 11 squad members that have played the most games during the season - must be named in the first XI of any tie.

That still offers obvious leeway for managers who do not want to prioritise the tournament, but Worthington does not plan to use all five of his permitted changes.

Last season's top scorer Wes Fletcher is set to be handed his first start since mid-February as he continues his comeback from medial ligament damage but, otherwise, the majority of the team is expected to be similar to the side that started Saturday's 0-0 home draw with Wycombe.

With Josh Carson injured, Worthington only has a squad of 19 senior players, including first-year pro Cameron Murray and currently supplemented by 16-year-old striker Ben Hirst, to choose from anyway.

On his selection plans for the Oakwell tie, the City chief said: "The competition is something we have to treat with respect and there are rules we have to abide by. We have to select at least six of our players from the last game, which isn't an issue for us and we will go there and put out a team designed to get a result.

"We will prepare properly. I know their manager Danny Wilson well and Barnsley will pass the ball about. The playing surface will be lovely too, so it's important we go and pass the ball as well as we can too."

The game is the first of three successive away trips for the Minstermen, with Stevenage and Burton the next league destinations on consecutive weekends.

Worthington admitted a defence that enjoyed their first shut-out of the campaign at Wycombe will come under pressure in those fixtures and the City manager is also hoping his team, who have netted five times from their opening six games, can begin to display a greater cutting edge.

He added: "It was a big thing for me getting that clean sheet on Saturday and, hopefully, we can get back to that against a series of good teams coming up. A the other end, it's all about, composure, belief and somebody just putting a toe on the ball so the chances go in."

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8:48pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Killieboy says...

Our squad isn't big enough to allow wholesale changes so that's a non starter even if we wanted to. It would be nice to think that we'll get the first win of the season tomorrow but somehow I doubt it. Hope I'm wrong. Regardless of the competition we're playing in a win's a win so let's give it a go. I'll be listening on t'interweb and enjoy your night all who travel. Come on York!!!!!
Our squad isn't big enough to allow wholesale changes so that's a non starter even if we wanted to. It would be nice to think that we'll get the first win of the season tomorrow but somehow I doubt it. Hope I'm wrong. Regardless of the competition we're playing in a win's a win so let's give it a go. I'll be listening on t'interweb and enjoy your night all who travel. Come on York!!!!! Killieboy
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10:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

big boy york says...

thanks to NW, we wont do anything this season, the fans know we need a striker who can score goals why cant he see this, relying on fletcher isnt whats needed. we need a big strong striker who can hold the ball up, play in others n score himself, mediocre season i think
thanks to NW, we wont do anything this season, the fans know we need a striker who can score goals why cant he see this, relying on fletcher isnt whats needed. we need a big strong striker who can hold the ball up, play in others n score himself, mediocre season i think big boy york
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12:08am Tue 2 Sep 14

PositiveFootball says...

Confident that the goals will start flowing soon. Fletchers looking sharp, once he's 90 minutes fit he'll be our 20 per season man.
Confident that the goals will start flowing soon. Fletchers looking sharp, once he's 90 minutes fit he'll be our 20 per season man. PositiveFootball
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10:48am Tue 2 Sep 14

Monks Boss says...

PositiveFootball wrote:
Confident that the goals will start flowing soon. Fletchers looking sharp, once he's 90 minutes fit he'll be our 20 per season man.
I hope you are right i also hope Hyde realises his potential.
[quote][p][bold]PositiveFootball[/bold] wrote: Confident that the goals will start flowing soon. Fletchers looking sharp, once he's 90 minutes fit he'll be our 20 per season man.[/p][/quote]I hope you are right i also hope Hyde realises his potential. Monks Boss
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6:48pm Tue 2 Sep 14

OLD - HEAD says...

We obviously can not make many changes at Barnsley, because we do not have a big enough squad. On the Conference web-site there is a photo of North Ferriby Uniteds squad of players, even a club of that size has 22 players in its squad. A small squad is OK if everybody keeps fit and everybody is playing well. But unfortunately that does not happen very often. As a lifelong York City supporter I hope that we win tonight, but the Johnstones Paint Trophy is not a very appealing competition, unless of course you are lucky enough to reach the Final.
We obviously can not make many changes at Barnsley, because we do not have a big enough squad. On the Conference web-site there is a photo of North Ferriby Uniteds squad of players, even a club of that size has 22 players in its squad. A small squad is OK if everybody keeps fit and everybody is playing well. But unfortunately that does not happen very often. As a lifelong York City supporter I hope that we win tonight, but the Johnstones Paint Trophy is not a very appealing competition, unless of course you are lucky enough to reach the Final. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 2
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