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Captain Sean Newton speaks out

By Ian Appleyard | 4th December 2017

Captain Sean Newton insists that there is no lack of passion in the York City dressing room.

Newton feels criticism from a small section of the club's supporters has been unfair and spoke out in defence of the players following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Boston United.

"I have seen it a few times. People saying that we don't care. I will put it to bed now," he said. "We do care. If there are players not working hard, I don't think the Gaffer would pick them. I don't think one player out there did not work as hard as they could.

"Obviously, at this level, they are not going to be as good as what York has seen in the past but, as a captain, I can't see any players that hide or don't work hard," added the midfielder.

"On the ball, at times, they are going to give it away but who doesn't at this level? Until their goal, I couldn't fault us away from home. At the time, I thought it was a perfect performance. They had never had any clear chances and we had three or four. But, obviously, we just need to work on (what happens) when we concede - and not 'sinking' as a team.

"It just frustrates me when they (supporters) say players don't care," he continued. "When you play for a club, you become a fan because you are playing for three points. I support Liverpool - and when they lose I am gutted - but I am playing for York and I am more gutted when we lose! It ruins your weekend, especially when you have dominated games. It's horrible and I do believe the players do care."

City had gone four games unbeaten prior to last weekend's defeat and will be seeking an immediate return to winning ways at AFC Telford United in Vanarama National League North on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Reflecting on the performance at Boston, Newton said: "We have done all the right things and I don't think they had any clear-cut chances. We defended well and had three or four unbelievable chances but never took them and then got punished off a set-play.

"Until their goal, I thought we were comfortable," he insisted. "I think if we had got the second, the game is over but we didn't and we have been punished for it."

Newton, meanwhile, praised midfielder Adriano Moke who scored his first goal since returning to the club 13 months ago.

"Everyone can see the ability he has got. I think sometimes he doesn't believe in himself in terms of going and shooting and finishing. He likes to give it to Parky or Morgs or James Gray or Aidy.  We have seen today that he has got it in his locker," said Newton.

"Mokes gives us something else," he added. "He drives with the ball, he is comfortable with the ball, he works so hard. If he adds goals to his games, I don't think he would be playing at this level! I think, if he adds goals to his game, he will be far too good for this level."

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