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League Two

Nigel Worthington upbeat despite setback

12 April 2014

York City manager Nigel Worthington refused to be downbeat after a last-minute equaliser knocked his team out of the Play-Offs as Accrington Stanley rescued a 1-1 draw at Bootham Crescent.

It looked as if the Minstermen would be moving into sixth place courtesy of Michael Coulson's penalty on 60 minutes before Shay McCartan headed home in stoppage time.

Worthington believes it is a good point for his team and has admitted there will be more twists and turns in the final four games of the campaign.

He said: "We're in a fantastic position, it's an important point but we have dropped two points. The performance was once again solid with lots of energy and commitment from the players. I've said to them not to be disappointed and it's how you recover from the setback.

"We've got to be more ruthless with our chances, especially the one which came in from the left, as we need players flying in at them. If we keep creating and getting the bodies in they will drop for us.

"We've done a fantastic job since the turn of the year and we want to see that through until the end of the season. These things happen in football, we know that from last year, there will be many twists and turns before the end of the season and that's another twist this afternoon."

Accrington boss James Beattie hailed his team's battling qualities as they rescued a valuable point.

With results at the bottom of the league going against Stanley, Beattie believes the point could prove priceless.

He said: "I think that epitomises what we've been about all season. The lads never know when they're beat, they never lie down for anybody and they keep going. As a manager that pleases me very much and it makes me proud.

"I think the penalty was soft, to say the least, there's another similar decision about five minutes from the end in the middle of the pitch and he just waved it away.

"But I've got nothing but praise for the players. That's the spirit we've got inside the dressing room. They look each other in the eye and can honestly say they run until the final whistle.

"We go into every game hoping, and trying, to win it. We just have to keep working hard and producing results. Results elsewhere have been horrendous, so it could end up being the most important point of the season."

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