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Watson previews Darlo

13th September 2019

York City will look to return to winning ways this weekend and City manager Steve Watson hopes that Saturday’s National League North clash with Darlington will make for a great spectacle as two club’s with great tradition go head-to-head. 

He said: “Every time York City turn up somewhere it becomes a big game because of the club’s tradition. Darlington too have mostly been a Football League side throughout their history, so it’s always going to be special.” 

Watson was not disheartened by last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Southport, saying: “I thought (vs Southport) that we didn’t manage the game very well, we made the game too open and made bad decisions, but we’ve talked about that this week.

“I think Saturday was the first time this season that we all came off slightly disappointed, which is a good thing, if you come away and you’re still unbeaten and only a point behind the leaders and you’re not happy, it just shows our standards have been raised.

“The lads are all very hungry and we’ve all got the same collective goal.

“The players appreciate the supporters as much as I do, they always go out to win and give one hundred percent, that will never change with any team I put out.”

Darlington sit 17th in the table and come into Saturday’s fixture on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Gloucester City.

Watson said: “It’s still early in the season so it’s hard to nail down a team’s league position in relation to how good they can be on their day. 

“Darlington have started slower than we have, but like us, they’re a completely new squad, we’ve gelled well but Darlington will have their reasons as to why they’ve not had the start they would have liked.

“I know Alun (Armstrong) really well, so does Micky. Between us we’ve got a good knowledge of how he does things; he’ll certainly go for it – his teams always do. It should make for a good spectacle.”

Watson provided an injury update ahead of the trip to Blackwell Meadows.

He said: “We had Jordan Burrow, Paddy McLaughlin and Josh King all training yesterday which was good news, whether the weekend might come too soon for them, we’ll wait and see. 

“Steve McNulty will still be out for a little while longer, we’re taking it week by week with him. Dan Maguire is a longer-term injury unfortunately and obviously Andy Bond is suspended” Watson concluded.




Article by Rob Glover.

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