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Attacking philosophy on agenda

16th January 2019

New manager Steve Watson and his assistant Micky Cummins were quick to identify areas for improvement after Tuesday night's 6-1 victory over Redcar Athletic in the North Riding Senior Cup.

The pair took charge of a game for the first time since their arrival at Bootham Crescent and fielded a full squad of senior professionals against the part-timers from Northern League Division Two.

City won comfortably thanks to goals from Jon Parkin, Kallum Griffiths, Joe Tait, Liam Agnew, Macaulay Langstaff, and Alex Kempster however, speaking after the game, Cummins made it clear that performances will need to improve.

"We trained on Monday for the first time and we are still getting to know the boys. The result was always going to go our way but you could see what was missing in the performance," he said.

"We need a bit of tempo, a bit of urgency and excitement - not taking risks at the back but just being positive," he said. "We need some positivity around the place because, when we look positive on the pitch, that will come into the stands and that will give the lads a lift. That is clearly what is missing."

Offering his initial assesment of the playing squad, Cummins said:  "We have got a strong changing room in there but we don't have many leaders. There's going to be a lot of work put in and there's manoeuvrability in terms of what we can bring in.

"But our first job is to get what we have on the front foot being positive. I lost count of the number of sideways passes. The Gaffer and I have an attacking philosophy - we want to see that. We haven't had time to put it on at the training ground but that's what we are going to do.

"We have only been in the building a couple of days and we are trying to instill that bit of belief.  We want midfielders breaking lines and fullbacks marauding forward putting crosses in but everything seemed to be 'safe' and, without being disrespectful to Redcar, we should have been running all over them. We should have been dominant and looked stronger and fitter but, at times, we got brushed aside and reacted a bit slowly. It’s all stuff we can work on."

On-loan midfielder Liam Agnew was sent off for a challenge late in the game on Redcar's Gary Redman, however, the rules of the competition mean he will not be suspended for games in Vanarama National League North.

Midfielder Alex Harris limped off before the final whistle with a tight hamstring and will undergo treatment ahead of Saturday's trip to Stockport County.

Photo (above): Manager Steve Watson joined assistant Micky Cummins (right) on the touchline during the final stages of Tuesday night's game. Photo: Ian Parker



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