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Martin Bemoans Missed Chances

Martin Gray
By Phil Howden | 14th March 2018

Disappointed York City boss Martin Gray spoke to the local media after Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.

Reflecting on the narrow defeat against fellow play-off chasers Kidderminster, the City Manager was forthright in his assessment of the game.

“If you look at the chances in the first half if could have been 5-5. It was too open of a game, and Kidderminster have a very good style of play, but if you take your chances in the first half you could have been 3-0 up or could have 3-0 down. That’s the way the game was, it was a game of chances. We got punished for two mistakes and you end up 2-0 down.

“We’ve done a lot of working preparing the formation and the personnel, but they are a good footballing team. The pass the ball well, they move the ball well but a lot of their shots were from long range. Adam Bartlett’s made some good saves but I thought first half the chances that we created were goals. You take you chances and it changes the mentality of the players.”

At half-time, Simon Heslop was replaced by Adriano Moke and this was soon followed by the substitution of Louis Almond who came off after 52 minutes. Martin explained the reasons for the changes.

“Simon Heslop’s injured. He’ll be out for a few weeks now I think. It’s a stomach injury and we’ll see what he’s like tomorrow. He was struggling to get around the pitch and his running was laboured. Playing Saturday then Tuesday, with the stomach strain that he had from the weekend, it was probably a game too early. He said he was fit but, when you get out there and the adrenalin kicks in, he couldn’t really get close to the players which meant their three in midfield created an overload. It meant we had to match them in the second half and went for a 4-3-3 ourselves.

“Louis Almond has played a full game Saturday that was his first game for months. He’s played fifty minutes tonight and he was always going to blow up at some stage. I thought Alex Kempster came on and gave us some great energy. Connor Smith also did. Had we scored the goal ten minutes earlier, and Jon Parkin has had a great chance and one or two efforts fizzed past the post, then you give yourself a better chance to get a point out of the game.”

Martin also bemoaned the lack of a cutting edge, despite City creating numerous chances, especially in the first half.

“There wasn’t an awful lot in the game. If you look at the changes they created, they probably created two and scored from two, and they came from two errors.

“We were punished for the mistake that we’ve made. But we’ve still got to defend the cross, we still got to defend the ball at the back stick. An individual error allowed them to get a foothold in the game. We had chances but we made a mistake and you get punished. But we kept threatening, we had two or three good chances, we started to close the keeper down better. I think they got a bit cocksure of themselves and tried to over-play it in and around their box, and we should have penetrated better when we had chances. We didn’t really get that clinical edge in the final third.”

Next up, the Minstermen face Southport at Bootham Crescent this coming Saturday 17th March (kick off 3pm).

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