York will con­tinue to play says Nigel

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tom Bel­ger To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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.”


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