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Worthy: Miss could be costly

Nigel Worthington believes Fleetwood striker Iain Hume's miss in the first leg of York's play-off semi-final could prove costly.

Former York winger Matty Blair scored the game's only goal early in the second half to give Fleetwood the advantage going into Friday's return at Highbury.

Minstermen pair Michael Coulson and substitute Ryan Bowman both missed good opportunities to haul their side level, but Hume, on-loan from Preston, scuffed a chance to put Fleetwood two-up when he dragged a late shot wide.

When asked if that miss could prove significant, Worthington said: "Perhaps, yes.

"But we were chasing the game. We were brave and bold in the second half and we need to be like that on Friday.

"Second half, that was us. I can live with that. I can't live with some of the performances first half and that might sound a bit harsh in the current position.

"But I want to get through to the final and I know the players do and the staff and the supporters do.

"To do that you've got to put a shift in, you've got to perform and stand up and be counted."

York right-back Lanre Oyebanjo's enterprising second-half display typified what his side had been lacking before the break.

Worthington added: "He was the beacon and was what we're looking for in terms of being positive.

"He was driving at the opposition, getting crosses in and causing havoc and we'll need the same, not only from him, but other people on Friday.

"There's a long way to go, without a doubt. The preparation starts immediately.

"We'll get ready and recover for a high-energy performance for 90 minutes, not 45.

"I don't think there's a lot between the two teams. That was proved in the two league games and there wasn't a lot between the two teams here.

"I don't see anything different on Friday night. So we'll get ready, we're very much in the tie and we'll go and have a go."