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Newton demands Cup mentality

By Ian Appleyard | 13th April 2018

Captain Sean Newton says City have to adopt a 'Cup Final' mentality for Saturday's trip to Gainsborough Trinity in Vanarama National League North (kick-off 3pm).

The Minstermen are seventh in the table with four games to play but rivals Chorley and Blyth Spartans have games in hand and are seeking to gatecrash the play-off zone in the remaining two weeks of the league season.

"Everybody knows how much we need the win," said Newton. "If we don't get the win, I think it's over, isn't it?

"We didn't want to be in this situation but three points is a must. Not even a point. We have to win the game," he added. "We have got to give our all in the next four games and get in the play-offs.

"The teams around us have got tough games," he observed. "We have got to make sure we win all four and see where it takes us. We have got to see this as a 'Cup Final'. We have got to have that mentality."

Former Stockport County and Wrexham midfielder Newton, 29, has been highly-impressed by the introduction of teenagers Flynn McNaughton and Vinny Steels to City's first team squad in recent weeks.

Both are likely to figure in Saturday's squad along with with striker Alex Kempster, 22, who only turned professional two months ago and has missed the last three games through injury.

"We have seen it in training for the last few weeks," he said. "They look ready but, obviously, it's hard to throw young kids straight in because you don't want to demoralise them if they have a bad game and, with the pressure that's on games, the fans get frustrated, and they could easily go 'missing' as players.

"They are definitely good enough - it's just up to the manager whether they play or not. I would be more than happy to play alongside them, they are good players and it's good for the club that they have good young players coming through.

"They are with us every day in training and they don't look out of place. They go for tackles, headers, and they want to get on the ball. If they give it away, they don't go hiding, they come to get it again. It will only help make them mentally stronger for when they get a bit older."

Urging City fans to give the players every possible backing, Newton said: "I know it's tough to say 'get behind us' but that's all we can say as players. Hopefully, we can win on Saturday and maybe get them back on side going into Tuesday night's game."

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