York manager Worthington calls for calm
Nigel Worthington is urging his York City players to keep their calm for the remaining games in the Sky Bet League Two, starting with todays clash at Oxford United.
The Minstermen boss has stressed the importance of the team and staff keeping their heads and not getting caught up in the end of season hype.
City are currently in eighth, one place outside of the playoffs in League Two and todays opponents Oxford are in seventh.
The meeting could be a crunch match on who gets into the play offs and who comes agonisingly close.
Worthington believes City can draw confidence from playing in front of a big crowd today, Oxfords average attendance at the Kassam Stadium is 6,000.
"I have related to Portsmouth and playing in front of 16,000" said Worthington.
"There probably won't be 16,000 at Oxford today but it is a big stage to go and play on".
Worthington's pre-match press meeting centered around telling the local journalist from the York Press what he would say to his players in the dressing room before the game.
"Go and soak the atmosphere up and do what we are good at.
"Don't get distracted, we have to do what we are good at, carry that on and hopefully we can pick up the result.
"If we can quieten the crowd that is a plus but just keep your nerve, stay focused and enjoy."
Worthington was then questioned on whether he lets the players get involved in the end of season speculation about the playoffs.
"If you ask the players they will probably say that their feet never get to leave the ground, that's the type that I am.
"I have got too much respect for football and too much respect for other teams.
"You have got to be at it all the while and on the couple of occasions this year when we haven't, we have looked a very average maybe even poor side.
"I have to be fair to the players - 98 percent of the time they have been good as gold and it will be important to keep that over the remaining games to try and nudge ourselves into that top seven.
The City boss finished by saying he wants his players to stay calm so that they can do their job to the best of their ability.
"Calm is everything - it is is everything on that pitch.
"You must keep calm, you must keep focused and remember to do what has got you where you are.
"If you lose discipline, there's a rash challenge and someone gets sent off, you have lost that player for the rest of the season and that's not good for you.
"We need players out there, available and just doing their job.
"Hopefully everything else will look after itself."