Nothing achieved yet, warns Worthington

Yorks City's manager Nigel Worthington.
Yorks City's manager Nigel Worthington.
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NIGEL WORTHINGTON will send his York City players out today with a simple message ringing in their ears: We still have work to do.

The Minstermen are on the verge of clinching a play-off place, with victory at home to Newport County set to guarantee a place in the top seven with a game to go.

Oxford United, York’s nearest challengers in eighth place, are five points adrift so a draw against the Welsh club could be enough to leave supporters celebrating come 5pm.

Despite that, manager Worthington said: “The message is the same again: Keep doing the things that we have been doing well and finish the season strongly.

“Easter was superb for us. Two excellent results against teams in and around us (Oxford United and Bury) have put us in a good position. But we still have work to do.

“Nothing has been achieved yet with regards the play-offs and that is a message we will be drumming into the players.”

With fifth-placed Burton Albion being five points ahead of York, Worthington’s men, providing they qualify, are likely to have to be content with playing the away leg second.

Not that this is likely to faze York, who faced the same route to Wembley in 2012 when they went on to win promotion from the Conference by beating Luton Town in the final.

Worthington said: “The only priority is getting into the play-offs. After that, our position is not something that is unduly concerning us.

“We just want to extend our season, as simple as that.

“The fans can play their part again. They were incredible against Bury (when York were watched by their biggest crowd of the season) and it was great to send them home happy.”