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League Two

Worthington frustration at blunt York

13 March 2013

York manager Nigel Worthington was left disappointed as his side's winless run continued after a 0-0 draw with Rochdale.

The Minstermen created the better chances but it was not until stoppage time when Josh Lillis was called into action following John McGrath's effort.

"I thought we were well worth the point in the end but I feel that we needed more quality in both halves of the game in the final third of the pitch," he said. "If we had that bit extra to create the chances then we could have gone on to get all three.

"The players showed commitment, energy and the effort for me and I can't fault any of the players for that. What I want is for us to play at a high tempo and not launch the ball forward throughout the match.

"What we do need to do is to look at the wide areas and get a bit more quality out there because it wasn't good enough for us to pick up all three points. That is something we can improve on and hopefully it will start at home on Saturday."

Rochdale boss Keith Hill was happy to take a point away from Bootham Crescent but felt his side did not do enough to warrant the three points.

"We just didn't quite do enough," he said. "I thought the lads gave me every ounce of energy they had but they realise and they know how difficult it is to play the way I want to play the game.

"They put everything into Saturday and I played with the same team that finished the game. They just couldn't repeat the energy from Saturday's performance but they didn't go under or shirk their responsibility. If you don't win a game then you don't lose it and we've not lost it.

"The lads want to play the way I want to play and I've seen a change in the understanding. It takes time and we're building for next season. We had the one stand out chance of the game when George Donnelly went through. He finished two on Saturday and I was expecting him to finish but he didn't.

"I'd take the clean sheet everyday but it's another point and hopefully we can now build some momentum. The opposition showed good energy as they have a new manager, I thought both teams were good value for a point."

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