Scunthorpe v York City: Business as usual for Worthington ahead of the play-offs

Over 4.500 fans saw York City reach the playoffs after beating Newport County.

Over 4.500 fans saw York City reach the playoffs after beating Newport County.

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TODAY will decide not only the identity of York City’s opponents in the play-off semi-finals but also whether Nigel Worthington’s men will have home advantage in the first or second leg.

The odds on that being the case as 2014 got under way were, of course, very long indeed with the Minstermen having ended last year sitting third bottom of League Two.

Fast forward a little over four months and York last weekend clinched a place in the end-of-season promotion deciders by beating Newport County.

Now, the focus has turned to which club York will face in the semi-finals, the first leg of which will take place either a week today or a week tomorrow. They will play Southend United, Burton Albion or Fleetwood Town.

For Worthington, however, today’s trip to Scunthorpe United –who can still clinch the title after being promoted a week ago – is all that matters.

He said: “Scunthorpe is business as usual, The season is not finished. We have two great games to extend our season and possibly take it into a third.

“We work as normal in the week. How much more do we want to achieve? Do we want to get the achievement of reaching the final? Or do we want to achieve promotion? There is a hell of a lot to play for and we need to keep working hard.”

Such an approach has served York well since their season began to turn round with the New Year’s Day triumph at home to Morecambe.

That was the Minstermen’s first three points in nine attempts, hence why the club ended 2013 in such a perilous position.

Since then, York have lost just twice – and the most recent of those reverses came 17 games ago on January 28 against Chesterfield.

The current unbeaten run has been built on an imperious defensive record with loanee goalkeeper Nick Pope having conceded just three goals in those 16 games.

Worthington added: “Clean sheets lay you a foundation to build on and we have done that. And then we have managed to get that all-important goal to get the three points. The performance level has been phenomenal.”

York are League Two’s form team right now but Worthington has played down talk of his team being the one to avoid in the play-offs.

He said: “Of the four clubs in the play-offs, we have the smallest budget. So, whatever happens from hereon in, what we have achieved so far is absolutely fantastic.”

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