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Hezzy's goal shows personal gratitude and team unity

By Ian Appleyard | 10th September 2017

Simon Heslop says his goal celebration against Stockport County was a show of gratitude to manager Gary Mills.

Heslop was recalled to the City side after serving a one game and opened the scoring in Saturday's 2-0 victory at Bootham Crescent.

His goal sparked scenes of real team unity - as the whole City side 'shared the moment' with Mills in the technical area.

"The Gaffer showed a little bit of faith by bringing me back in after the team won in midweek without me (at Spennymoor) - so it's a little show of gratitude and I wanted to get all the lads together to show that we are together as a group," Heslop admitted.

"That was one of the reasons I have done it, if I am honest, so I am glad that message came across."

Reflecting on the win which has lifted City into fifth spot ahead of Tuesday's National League North game against Gainsbrough Trinity at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 7.45pm), Heslop added: "For 15-20 minutes in the second half, it was a little bit 'backs against the wall' without them creating any clear-cut chances. It was a little bit 'end-to-end' for our liking at 2-0 but I don't think they created a lot that was worrying us."

Heslop described City's second goal as an 'unbelievable' finish by striker Amari Morgan-Smith.

He also praised midfield colleague Theo Wharton who won the Man of the Match award on his home debut, saying: "These last two games he has been excellent. He is doing really well and hopefully he can keep that up."

Watch Hezzy's post-match interview by clicking the link below:

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