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Cummins speaks on Boston game and transfer market

By Dan Simmonite | 7th January 2021

Micky Cummins and Steve Watson are preparing to face promotion hopefuls Boston United this Saturday, with the Lincolnshire side one place above City in sixth, only on goal difference.

Speaking ahead of the game, the assistant-manager said: “They are similar to us really, same points tally, they had a draw the other evening a 2-2, the same amount of games played so on par in terms of season.

“They had a big turnaround in the season and brought in some experienced lads. They’ve certainly got fire power and I’d say a stronger squad than last year. But certainly, I don’t think we can go there being overly cautious – we have to go with our plan of how we play and hopefully implement that and get the result that we are looking for.

“Having watched them play at home and having people watch them it’s a nice new setup and a nice pitch to play on it will be massive because we are in the middle of a busy period.

“We want to see a response, if we take a lead we want to try and extend on that lead and if it’s tight we want to stay compact, high up the pitch, and play the game in the opposition’s half.”

The contest comes off the back of a frustrating 2-2 draw against Kidderminster for the York team who took the lead twice before being pegged back by a spectacular strike to level the score.

Cummins reflected on the result, suggesting a more attacking mentality going forward.

He said: “We were in control and we reverted back to stuff we’ve spoken to the lads about beforehand and it needs to be rectified. We need to say it, we need to sort it out and it’s things we have worked on today.

“It’s not something we set out to do – defend the lead – because we are always looking to be creative and looking to score and obviously have the knowledge that the lads at the back are reliable to stay solid.

“With [Kidderminster] being second in the league, they were on a decent run, good form – prior to it you probably would have said a point would have been a good result to take away from there.

“On reflection we were disappointed, and it was two points dropped.”

Cummins also spoke on the players on the pitch Tuesday night, and a good reaction after the final whistle with the team determined to use Saturday to put things right.

He added: “I think with the leaders on the pitch they need to take hold of the situation. They need to become the voices on the pitch as well as us on the side so they need to sense when they are under pressure.

“They’ve not young lads, they’re men and they’ve experienced playing at a higher level [some] experienced Championship seasons, tough seasons. We say things in private which won’t be out there, and we have opinions that won’t be out there. But we need a reaction, and we think they will stand up to it – we do think they will step up and prove what we are capable of as a group.

“Certainly, there is bigger voices in there and it was nice to hear a lot of them speak up on Tuesday. There are lads who wouldn’t be at the forefront who said a few things as well so, I wouldn’t say character building, but it certainly is refreshing to see them being the catalyst of conversations as well as us leading it.

“We’ve always looked at this month as it’s going to be tough and a barometer of where the league is going to be at.

“It’s down to them, and us, the rectify things now and put things right.”

Cummins also spoke on the potential for incoming and outgoing in the coming weeks, with Ryan Whitley recently joining back in training after a loan spell with Scarborough Athletic.

He said: “It’s not going to be as difficult as probably some people would think because they would be coming from a COVID-safe environment. We would be safe in the knowledge that any player coming in, or if we would be to let any player go now, they would be [okay] in whatever the protocols may be.

“We always have a look what’s out there, send scouts out, and watch videos so anything we do, if it does happen, will only be for the benefit of our players and the team.”

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