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It's all about heart now warns Gray

By Ian Appleyard | 16th April 2018

Give me honesty, determination, and pride in the York City badge!

That will be the demand from manager Martin Gray when his players take to the field at Broadhurst Park on Tuesday night against FC United of Manchester in Vanarama National League North (kick-off 7.45pm).

Although City dropped out of the play-off zone last weekend, Gray knows that maximum points from the final three games of the season could still open the door to promotion this season.

"We have got to give the fans something to shout for," he said. "I am as frustrated as they are. And they have had a few years of this. I get that.

"It's all about this now," he added, pointing to his heart. "Showing honesty, determination, and wanting to play for the badge. That's all it's about.

"If you do those things, people will work with you, and they will stick by you," he said. "That's all I am asking for. If you do that, the fans will get behind it."

Gray described last weekend's defeat at Gainsborough Trinity as both his 'toughest afternoon' at the club and 'hardest weekend' in management.

However, he is now focusing on the future which starts with the club's three remaining league fixtures against FC United, Leamington, and Brackley Town.

"We have got a 'three-game season' in front of us," he said. "We are where we are and we have got to make sure that we maximise the opportunity of these three games.

"If we do that, we will finish the season on a real, real positive. There is still a chance of (achieving) what we want to achieve, the play-offs.

"I spent most of Sunday on the phone speaking to lots of people within the game who have been through similar experiences and far worse experiences," he said. "It is great to see the support you have and that people believe in what you are doing.

"My win-ratio at my previous club (Darlington) was 75 per cent, it is 45 per cent here. So we need to get that back up. We are judged on winning games.

"We have got to have a winning mentality. We have got to make sure we go into tomorrow night's game believing we are going to win the next three games."

Opponents FC United of Manchester, meanwhile, are still in need of points to guarantee their National League North survival.

Gray said: "They are a club that has grown fantastically well over the last four or five years. They were in great form over Christmas and took four points off Salford. They have not got to be under-estimated.

"We have watched them over the last few weeks and we understand what they are about. They have some very good attacking players.

"If you don't treat them with the right respect and the right manner, you will have a hard night. We have got to make sure we go across there and get back to what we are about."

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