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Worthington praises York

Nigel Worthington praised York as they sealed a place in the League Two play-offs courtesy of a late 1-0 win over Newport County.

Michael Coulson's 77th minute free-kick proved to be the difference between the sides after the striker and Adam Reed both went close to opening the scoring in the first period.

The Minstermen have amassed a total of 48 points from a possible 66 since the start of the year to claim a top seven finish and Worthington believes his players are worthy of their spot.

He said: "It's a nice feeling to get in the play-offs because a lot of hard work has gone in by everyone at club. The run we've been on at the moment is magnificent and we fully deserve it. We've not crept in the play-offs via the back door, we've really forged ahead and we've stuck to our guns and got in there with our energy and quality.

"Today's game against the opposition was a scrappy game. It was like a boxing match where it would go 15 rounds and whoever is left standing at the end of it comes out with the three points.

"It was a superb goal to pick up the points. Adam Reed had three good chances but their goalkeeper made some big saves. We created chances, we stuck at it and we managed to win the game."