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Cummins looking forward to Gateshead encounter

By Dan Simmonite | 26th August 2019

Assistant-manager Micky Cummins is looking forward to the challenge against his old club today as City welcome Gateshead to Bootham Crescent for the first time since 2017.

Cummins ended his playing career in South Tyneside and went on to manage the under-19 set up before being promoted to caretaker-manager and then assistant under Steve Watson.

Speaking on the upcoming fixture he said: “They are a club which really mean a lot to me and it was difficult times when we left.

“It will be a good test; Gateshead are starting to gel and look more and more of a threat going forward.

“Mike [Williamson] is quite methodical with the way he approaches games and it will be more of a tactical battle.”

As well as knowing the current Gateshead gaffer and several players from his time at The Heed, Cummins has also done his homework on the players they have brought in over the summer.

He added: “They have dipped into the loan market well and they took Liam Agnew who we were aware of from last year – so we are on top of what players they have and how they might play against us.

“There are a lot of links, but our players will have their work heads on will be looking to carry on the business we have shown so far this season.”

Gateshead sit in the bottom half of the National League North after one win, four draws and one loss.

On the other hand, City top the table after six games unbeaten, but the management team are still challenging their players to avoid complacency amidst their admirable performances on the pitch.

Cummins added: “It was always imperative that we started well in pre-season, did our business early and implemented what we wanted.

“They haven’t exceeded expectations, if anything the team is where we thought they would be and there is a lot more to come.”

Cummins has also hinted at changing the team today with the Spennymoor game just two days prior to their clash with Gateshead today.

He explained: “With the quick turnaround in games we maybe have to change a couple or look at the formation, but there is lots to consider and we are prepared for different scenarios.

“In terms of injuries Maguire is still on the mend and we are monitoring him, he has come into full time football - he will be down but is keen to get himself back and it will only be a matter of time.”

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