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Gaffer demands reaction at Telford

By Ian Appleyard | 7th December 2017

Martin Gray is demanding a 'reaction' from his side against AFC Telford United.

The City manager, who is closing in on a new signing, says supporters deserve an improvement on last weekend's performance at lowly Boston United.

He admits that the team's current position in Vanarama National League North is not good enough and has stressed the importance of getting back into the play-off zone this weekend.

"We have got to get a reaction," Gray said. "That's the most important thing. The players have been very positive. We have got to have a better performance.

"It's been a long week but it is a week where we have been able to re-group them. They are a great bunch and we have got to make sure we have the right reaction come this Saturday.

"It's making sure the players give the fans something back this weekend because last weekend I felt, over the last half an hour of the game, we let them down. We have got to get back to being resilient and strong and dominating games."

Although the season will reach the halfway point after Saturday's game at the New Bucks Head (kick-off 3pm), Gray will have only been in charge for nine league games.

"We are still finding our feet. We have been in the building two months," he reflected. "Like any management team, you are trying to work your way through and find out what you need about individuals, personnel, and formations. We are still learning but, at the same time, we have got to back that up with results come Saturdays.

"We need to be in the play-offs. It's as simple as that," he said. "We are sitting ninth and ninth is not good enough for anybody. So we understand the expectations and pressures that come with that.

"We have got to get back in the play-offs come quarter to five this Saturday. It's a 'must-win' game. We feel that we let everybody down as a club (last weekend). We have all got to take a portion of that criticism on board. This is what we are here for. Equally, we have got to give our fans something to come back on the bus with on Saturday - an outstanding performance."

"All the work out there (on the training field) and all the work pre-match means nothing if it's not carried out on a Saturday. Player-for-player we are strong - there's no quesion about that - but, again, that means nothing. We have got to back that up with performances."

Opponents AFC Telford United are currently four points behind City in twelfth spot and won 1-0 at Bootham Crescent on the opening day of the season.

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