York City in Good Friday ‘tough game’ against Chesterfield

The Minstermen’s 1-0 win over Barnet on Monday gave Morton’s side some solidarity in the race to avoid relegation, with eight points now separating York from the relegation zone.

But City will face another team currently occupying the Vanarama National League play-offs on Good Friday, making the trip to Derbyshire to take on Chesterfield.

And Morton remains aware of the strength of the opposition before the game.

“We said we want to get at least two wins in our last six games, again it’s about putting pressure on teams that have one game left,” Morton told BBC Radio York.

“Like the other night, you can see teams come out and play with a little more fear when the pressure is on them, so we just have to focus on what we have to do.”

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, I spent most of yesterday watching Chesterfield games and honestly I haven’t seen too many this year.

“They’re a really good team, I told the guys today if the big two weren’t in this league then this would be a team that would probably win this league, for many years to come.

“We know it’s going to be a great test, but we’re going in with confidence and we hope the club will be proud.

“They’ve been building a good team and if you look at some of the contracts that they’ve given to some of their players, then you’d think they’re not just thinking about this year, but next year. year too.

“Just looking at the games I’ve seen in the last few days, they’re a top team.

“So being in and around the play-offs, you never know. It’s going to be really exciting to watch the play-offs, even though they had a bit of a dip at one point, but they stuck together and looking back on some of their games they played good football, they just had a bit of bad luck.

“Obviously they have found some form again, but as I said, they are a top team and they have a good manager as well.

Morton added: “These guys thrive playing in the big games.

“I think someone mentioned that we’ve had even points against teams in the play-offs this year. They always like these games and they always show up to them, so we hope to reflect that tomorrow.”

It will be a tough test for York, who have not beaten Chesterfield since 1992, and the Spireites also have not conceded a goal in their last 407 minutes of football.

But after firing 18 shots on Monday against Barnet and managing just one goal, Morton is eager for his players to create similar chances again, but this time they seize them.

Three points could see York move up to 14th in the National League table, and 11 points clear.

“The first thing for us is to create opportunities again, and the second thing is to be more clinical and take advantage of those opportunities.

“But we’ve been saying that all season, since I’ve been here and I think it was the same story before, we created opportunities but we just didn’t take them.”

“I think for us the priority is to try to assert ourselves and then hopefully when we get the chance we’ll be more clinical.”


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