Irish winger’s chance to bounce back up

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NIGEL WORTHINGTON believes new signing Josh Carson is too good to play in League Two but is delighted to have him nevertheless.

The busy York City manager – mindful of his side’s disappointing run of six games without a win and a dearth of goals – has supplemented his ranks by signing Northern Ireland international Carson, 20, for the rest of the season and bringing in Sheffield United midfielder Elliott Whitehouse, 19, on loan.

Former Ipswich Town winger Carson played five games for York on loan last term and had trials with Hibernian, Notts County and Bristol City in the summer prior to heading to Bootham Crescent permanently.

The double raid by Worthington is a timely one for the Minstermen, who are without a win in six games and have not scored at home for 270 minutes.

On his dual piece of business, Worthington, whose side host Mansfield Town today, said: “They are a couple of plusses for us.

“Josh did a good job for us at the end of last season and, hopefully, he can kick on because, no disrespect, he should not be in League Two.

“But he is, so he’s got to push himself and bounce back up if he can.

“Elliott is chomping at the bit to play league football. I saw him play for Sheffield United in pre-season and he’s very accomplished and comfortable on the ball and, hopefully, he can reproduce that for us.”

Worthington was publically critical of his side’s efforts in their meek 2-0 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon seven days ago, labelling their performance as a ‘dishonest’ one.

It was a rare attack from the manager and words have understandably also been said in the dressing room following that disappointing display.

Worthington is not looking for actions and not words from his under-performing players this afternoon as they seek to get their season out of first gear.

Worthington, who has a trio of players facing late fitness tests, said: “We are looking for a response from last weekend, which was disappointing and frustrating.

“Actions are better than words and I am looking forward to seeing the reaction.”