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Richardson hails 'huge' Murphy leveller

7 April 2013

Accrington manager Leam Richardson believes Peter Murphy's injury-time goal could prove crucial come the end of the season as they rescued a point with a 1-1 draw at relegation rivals York.

Chances were few and far between for the visitors as the hosts dominated proceedings until Murphy struck to stop his side from dropping into the bottom three.

With just three games to go Richardson believes Stanley's destiny is very much in their own hands.

"The last-minute goal could prove to be so crucial," he said. "It's huge and I think come the end of the season we'll realise how big it is. It wasn't a great spectacle, especially the first half as we didn't come out of the traps at all.

"A few words got said at half-time and we took the ascendancy in the second half and took the game to them. In the end I thought we deserved a point. The neutral won't have enjoyed that spectacle, particularly in the first half. They scored and it ignited us, which is disappointing as we shouldn't need anyone to do that.

"The only good thing to come out of the first half was that it was only 1-0. We've got three games to go now and we've got to keep on the crest of the wave. It's still in our own hands. It's important we look after ourselves and get points on the board."

York manager Nigel Worthington was left naturally disappointed by Accrington's late show. It looked as if the Minstermen would be heading out of the bottom two courtesy of Adam Reed's first-half strike until Murphy silenced Bootham Crescent three minutes into stoppage time.

Despite the draw, Worthington is pleased with his team's improvement of late and says the club's League future remains very much down to the players.

"I thought our play in the first half was excellent, we worked their goal a lot and their goalkeeper made a few big saves. In the second half the change in personnel in losing David McGurk was a little bit of an upset for us as we had to change things about," he said. "You know they are going to throw things in the box and 99% of the time we dealt with them.

"Unfortunately there was five minutes of stoppage time, I don't know where it came from, and low and behold they get a goal which is disappointing. It's still in our hands and as long as the players continue to put the commitment and energy into their performance then we can't ask anymore. There's good spirit and belief that we can do it and while there are points available we will fight until the last whistle."

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