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Gaffer's post-match verdict

By Ian Appleyard | 15th April 2018

Martin Gray admitted that it had been his 'toughest day' as City manager after his side suffered a third consecutive defeat against ten-man Gainsborough Trinity.

But Gray, who apologised to supporters, stressed the importance of staying focused with the team still in the hunt for a play-off place and three games to go.

"It's been the toughest day since we have come into the club," he said. "When things aren't going well, the players probably feel a lot of pressure on their shoulders. They understand the total pressure from the fans. The expectations of the people at the club are massive and the expectations of what players have to deliver.

"I understand the total disappointment from everybody. I want to turn it around. I hope I am given the opportunity to do that because I am working very very hard."

Although Gainsbsorough were reduced to ten men by the first half dismissal of defender Brandon Fleming, City were unable to find the net and a 54th minute goal by striker Ashley Worsford settled the contest.

City, who have been without leading goalscorer Jon Parkin for seven of the last eight games following knee surgery, lost Alex Kempster and Alex Pattison to injuries at the start of the second half. Striker Louis Almond remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The result leaves City in eighth spot - only one point outside the play-off zone but having played more games than sixth-placed Chorley and seventh-placed Spennymoor Town.

"It's getting very, very frustrating but we still have to remain focused on the remaining games we have," said Gray.

"I am missing Jon Parkin. It's no secret that, since he has been out of the team, we have really found things difficult because of his strength, character, and personality. He's a presence. Jon has been a massive miss and it's come at the wrong stage of the season.

"I apologise to the York fans. It's been very very difficult for them," he added. "But we have got to remain focused. We have still got a chance. It's getting more difficult. I will not go hiding and I hope the players do not go hiding.

"We have all got to stick together and show the toughness and mentality to go to FC United of Manchester on Tuesday and win the game.

"I want to win for everybody - for the fans, the people that run the football club, and the players. I am a proud person and I give it everything. I just hope people believe in me, stick with me, and we turn this corner."

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