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Nigel Worthington hails York City away display

1 February 2014

York City boss Nigel Worthington was impressed with his side's ability to stick at it as they pulled off a shock 2-1 win at promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town.

Wes Fletcher struck an injury-time winner for the Minstermen to end a five-game unbeaten run for Graham Alexander's side, coming after substitute Mikael Mandron had cancelled out Conor McLaughlin's own goal.

Worthington said: "To come here and get three points is just a great result.

"We've done what we're good at and we've shown if we keep to our strengths we can get a good result.

"We played some very good football, despite the conditions.

"The winner is a great example. It's good play down the left, we've worked it into the box and whoever gets on the end of that it's the winning goal.

"It was a very, very solid away performance."

A combination of errors from the home side gifted City the lead just before the break. A breakdown in communication down the Fleetwood left handed the visitors a corner, Will Hayhurst drifted the ball into the near post and McLaughlin flicked it past his own goalkeeper.

The visitors could easily have doubled their advantage after the break, Fleetwood 'keeper Scott Davies, wrong-footed by the wind, just about recovering to deny Fletcher a tap in.

The hosts were playing well below the standard that had fired them into the automatic promotion chase but did level with 18 minutes remaining.

Alan Goodall fired a free-kick over from the right channel, Jon Parkin tangled with York stopper Nick Pope and Mandron picked up the pieces, the on-loan Sunderland man bagging his first for the club with a thumping drive at the back post.

The home side pushed for a winner and nearly got it when David Ball rattled the woodwork with a bullet header.

But it was the Minstermen who struck in added time, Michael Coulson breaking down the left and driving the ball across for Fletcher to flick it past Davies for his ninth league goal of the season.

Cod Army boss Graham Alexander was gutted to throw it away in injury time.

"The goal before the break has given them something to hang on to," he said. "Even so we've grabbed a goal and had chances to score a winner.

"Once we've scored there should only be one side going on to win it.

"Even if we don't take our chances we should come back in with the points.

"We've conceded two poor goals to make sure that didn't happen."

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