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Nigel Worthington welcomes York City point

5 April 2014

York City's run of away wins may have ended but boss Nigel Worthington was delighted to emerge from Spotland with a point after a goalless draw against leaders Rochdale.

A win against Dale would have been the Minstermen's sixth in succession on the road - but they were always second best against Keith Hill's team and only a sterling defensive effort and some top drawer saves by Nick Pope kept their unbeaten run of 12 games intact.

"It was a fantastic result to come to this stadium and get a draw and a clean sheet considering the form Rochdale have been in and have been in for most of the season," said Worthington.

"Our backs were against the wall at times due to some good play from Rochdale, but we stood firm, kept cool and secured a terrific point.

"They weren't far away with the header from Hogan near the end, but I felt our hard work up to that points had earned us that miss.

"There were half chances for us, not too many clean cut chances in fairness. But what pleases me is the effort and commitment from the players and we had to put that in.

"We knew Rochdale are a very good side and the movement they produce can be very had to deal with. But we kept shape and composure and I'm delighted for the players."

York's well organised defence kept the home side at bay during a first-half dominated by Rochdale.

The closest Keith Hill's side came to breaking through the Minstermen's ranks came in the ninth minute when Ian Henderson's free kick picked out Olly Lancashire, the defender getting up above Keith Lowe but directing a header over the top of Nick Pope's goal.

Pope's best work of the day saw him fly to his left to keep out Hogan's curling effort on 78 minutes. He was beaten three minutes later when Hogan met Henderson's cross but the striker's header across the face of goal clipped the far post and bounced wide.

It was the second successive goalless draw against promotion rivals for Hill's side following their draw at Fleetwood last weekend.

"We created enough chances to possibly have got more out of the game, but they defended excellently," said Hill. "As a team they defended very well, but our goalkeeper, Josh Lillis, hasn't had a save to make for 90 minutes and that's complementary of my defensive team.

"Away from home last weekend at Fleetwood I was happy with the 0-0, at home we are a little disappointed not to have won the game but I cannot take anything away from the opposition."

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