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York City manager Nigel Worthington chasing Play-Off berth

15 March 2014

By Tony Leighton

York City are speeding towards the finishing line of the Sky Bet League 2 promotion race after turning round their season in amazing fashion.

At the half-way point of the campaign the Minstermen were above the relegation zone only on goal difference after collecting just 22 points from their 23 games.

But with 27 points picked up from the last 13 outings, Nigel Worthington's team are now a mere two places and two points below the Play-Off places.

Ahead of Saturday's meeting with Wycombe Wanderers, manager Worthington told football-league.co.uk: "We've been excellent since the turn of the year.

"I wasn't unhappy with our performance levels in the first half of the season, the players showed commitment and we often didn't get the results we deserved.

"But we were lacking in experience and that had to be addressed, so in December I sat down with the chairman and staff and identified transfer targets to bring in.

"In January we signed four players of the calibre we were looking for, and their experience and ability have really helped us in this good run that we've had."

Worthington's team will be aiming to continue the good run when they entertain lowly Wycombe, who currently lie just four points above the relegation zone.

A home win will certainly be expected, but Worthington said: "I've watched Wycombe once or twice and they're a decent away side, so it could be tough.

"We'll have to be fully focused throughout the 90 minutes, but if we can perform to the levels that we're capable of then we can get the result we want."

Victory would be York's fourth in a row and set them up for their next two games, both of which are also against teams that are fighting the drop.

The Minstermen travel to 17th in the table Portsmouth on Saturday week and then entertain bottom club Torquay United at Bootham Crescent.

Will six points be in the bag? No way, says Worthington, who last season led York out of relegation trouble after joining the club just over 12 months ago.

"The teams we've got in these next three games are fighting for their lives," said the manager, "just like we were last year - and that makes them dangerous."

York were dangerous opponents themselves this time last year, climbing out of the drop zone in a six-match unbeaten run-in that brought 14 life-saving points.

A similar run in their last 10 games of the current campaign would surely see them clinch a Play-Off spot? The manager is making no promises or predictions.

"We're in a nice position," said Worthington, 'but with 30 points to play for there are a lot of teams around us who are also going for a place in the top seven.

"We've just got to concentrate on ourselves, go about our business quietly and efficiently, and hopefully that will take us to where we want to be."

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