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Worthington praises officials

York boss Nigel Worthington praised the way referee Darren Drysdale dealt with the hostile Mansfield atmosphere in their 1-0 win.

Drysdale awarded York two controversial penalties but waved away two big penalty shouts for the Stags and also dismissed calls for a red card against matchwinner Ryan Bowman after the hosts felt he had elbowed John Dempster.

And it was Dempster who was involved in the game's only goal in the 32nd minute when Josh Carson made contact with Dempster in the box and went down.

Referee Drysdale spoke to assistant Amy Fearn and pointed to the penalty spot, with Bowman slotting the kick low inside the right post.

Worthington: "I thought the officials stood up well to the situation.

"It was a very hostile crowd for them to deal with and, in fairness, I think they got most of their decisions right and the two penalties for us were spot on. No-one likes having penalties given against them.

"The pressure on us is part and parcel of football. Probably last year coming here we wouldn't have dealt with it. But we have got some fresh faces in now and a new mentality and we have come away with the three points.

"You have got to deal with it or Mansfield will overpower you and go on to win it. We were absolutely fantastic and deserved to win through our endeavour.

"We are still playing catch-up this season and one or two sides around us have games in hand. So there is nothing to get excited about. We will just keep going, see what points we get and go from there."