York will continue to play says Nigel
NIGEL Worthington has promised York City’s brand of pretty football is here to stay after fighting off both the weather and Fleetwood Town to spring a last-gasp shock.
Wes Fletcher turned a well-fought point into three at the death after Cod Army substitute Mikael Mandron had pegged back Conor McLaughlin’s first-half own goal.
And Worthington has vowed to keep combining style with substance as his side start to motor away from the relegation zone.
“Even in these conditions we managed to play some very good football and I was very pleased with that and obviously delighted with the three points,” he said.
“We’ve done what we are good at and if we play like that we can get good results and it’s the benchmark we need to aim for.
“Football in this country is played in all conditions and you’ve just got to be mentally attuned to that and it was a great example of cold, wind and rain we had everything.
“Fletcher’s goal was a good move up the lefthand side by Michael Coulson and if you put a ball across the box it is always dangerous.”
York managed to adapt quickest to swirling conditions and began to threaten Fleetwood’s goal with Lanre Oyebanjo coming closest in the opening half-hour.
And in first-half stop- page time the visitors took the lead when McLaughlin headed into his own net from a corner.
Fleetwood pounced after the break courtesy of a mistake by York keeper Nick Pope, who spilt a tame free-kick for substitute Mandron to prod home in the 72nd minute.
The Lancashire club pushed for a winner and came close when David Ball hit the crossbar with a powerful header in the 78th minute.
York though struck in stoppage time as Fletcher tapped in at the near post, but Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander believes the damage was dealt in the first half.
“We conceded a terrible goal and it made us have to chase the game,” he said. “We got the goal that we deserved and could have scored another one, then we conceded another poor goal on the breakaway.
“The wind played such a big part in the way that the game was going to go and we’d have been happy to go into half time at 0-0.
“I think we lost a bit of our composure in our mind-set and went a little bit gung-ho.
“I am not blaming Conor one bit for the goal.We didn’t defend it well, it was just a poor sloppy goal.”
STAR MAN JOHN McCOM