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Micky Cummins sets the bar for the season

By Dan Simmonite | 1st January 2021

Micky Cummins is looking to use the Guiseley victory to set the standard of performance for the remainder of the season.

Speaking on New Year’s Eve, the assistant-manager said: “The absolute minimum that's expected now is that level of performance in terms of the aggression we showed with the ball - getting forward, runners in behind, competing with and without the ball.”

City won the contest 1-0, and could have had many more goals, dominating the play and nullifying the Guiseley threat to just one shot on target in the whole game.

Cummins added: "With that attitude and the approach, the majority of the game will be played in the opposition half so you'd like to think there will be similar occasions of us being in the attacking third.

"Consistency of that level of performance, you'd like to think that we'd create them chances and score them chances.

"Certainly, I think the defensive base that was set up, we looked solid, with Browny in the middle competing well with Kingy and Newts either side, who are an attacking threat as well as defensively solid, I think we looked a whole lot better and it gave us that platform to play the game in the opposition half.

"We've certainly set them standards and those levels so that's the absolute minimum that's expected from now on."

In his post-match interview, Manager Steve Watson credited his number two with the move that led up to the goal, with defender Josh King scoring his first competitive goal for the Minstermen at the front post.

Cummins added: "They only had one man in the wall and we knew that Newts' delivery was going to go across and round the wall and in front of the first defender, so I asked Josh to stand in front of the first defender, anticipating that they would probably put something in front of him, so anything that was shot low from Newts, Kingy was there to help on.”

City now hope to kick-off 2021 in style and seek revenge on Bradford (Park Avenue) who overcame the team on Boxing Day.

Kick-off is 3pm at Bootham Crescent with the game behind closed doors. You can still watch the Livestream on a ‘pay what you can’ basis via YouTube.

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