Re­lieved Nigel has play-off de­mands

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Bower To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

YORK CITY con­firmed their spot in the play-off places as Michael Coul­son’s stun­ning free-kick made it 16 un­beaten for the Min­ster­men – but boss Nigel Worthington warned his side to re­main fo­cussed on what’s to come.

Coul­son’s su­perb ef­fort ul­ti­mately proved the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides, and Worthington ad­mit­ted it was a re­lief to have fi­nally se­cured a berth in the top seven with one game re­main­ing.

“It’s a nice feel­ing to get in the play-offs be­cause a lot of hard work has gone in by ev­ery­one at club,” he said.

“The run we’ve been on at the mo­ment is mag­nif­i­cent by the play­ers and the staff and we fully de­serve it.

“We’ve not crept in the play­offs via the back door, we’ve re­ally forged ahead and we’ve stuck to our guns and got in there with our en­ergy and qual­ity. It’s nice to be in there and we’ve two big games to come.

“We’ve got to keep our fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion. This game against the op­po­si­tion was a scrappy game.

“It was im­por­tant we stayed in the game and stayed fo­cused.”

The match was a pretty even af­fair for the most part, with both sides hav­ing plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to snatch all three points.

In the first pe­riod, Lee Min­shull rat­tled the post for New­port, with goal­keeper Nick Pope well beaten. At the other end, Adam Reed had a cou­ple of chances to nudge York in front, but keeper Ian McLough­lin was on hand to deny the mid­fielder on both oc­ca­sions with some fan­tas­tic saves.

The game looked like it was go­ing to peter out into a draw late in the sec­ond pe­riod, be­fore a mo­ment of magic from York en­sured their un­beaten run would con­tinue, as he bent a fan­tas­tic free-kick around McLough­lin to se­cure the points.

Amaz­ingly, the Min­ster­men have now kept four­teen clean sheets from their last six­teen League Two out­ings.

But the de­feat leaves New­port lan­guish­ing in 15th place on the League Two lad­der, and boss Justin Ed­in­burgh cut was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult. “We were wor­thy of get­ting some­thing from the game; we’ve come to a tough place and a team that are on the up, but we're dis­ap­pointed to have not come away with at least a draw,” he said.

“In gen­eral play it was a good game, we were very com­pet­i­tive but there have been so many times this sea­son that we’ve lost by the odd goal.

“That be­comes frus­trat­ing, be­cause I can’t fault the ef­fort or the com­mit­ment from the lads, we passed the ball well.”



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