STEVE WATSON admitted that Michael Duckworth's injury "doesn't look good" as York City's injury problems continued.

York were forced to bring off Duckworth and Matty Brown in the first-half of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Chorley in the FA Cup, with both defenders suffering hamstring injuries.

The pair join striker Jack Redshaw and defender Robbie Tinkler on the sidelines, with only four games of a long campaign played.

"I'm not usually the person to blame luck but they're both really strange injuries," said Watson.

"Duckworth seemed to do his in a tackle, which is not the usual way for a hamstring.

"Hopefully Browny's is slightly less severe than Duckworth's but at the moment, Duckworth doesn't look good. He's had hamstring injuries before and he doesn't seem too upbeat about it.

"But we'll see how it settles down and we'll do the same with Browny."

Lewis Reilly's early penalty, for Chorley after grappling in the box, was the difference between the sides, with York largely on top in a tightly-fought cup tie.

"I thought we had no luck tonight regarding anything dropping," the manager added. "We rattled the bar and rattled the post a couple of times and they got blocks in vital areas.

"The penalty that they were given, if you're being consistent, you could give six of those a game. That just happens at corners. I haven't seen anything that made me think that was worse than what I saw from every other corner.

"We were out of luck in front of goal when we did get into the box. It was the same sort of gripe as Saturday where we need to create more in and around the middle of the pitch.

"We're still not there yet regarding that.

"The two biggest disappointments of the night are for the club financially and for the lads and fans, to not be in the FA Cup draw is really disappointing, especially against a team that didn't ask our keeper any questions at all, apart from the penalty.

"Another huge disappointment is the two injuries we sustained in the first half."