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Steve's 'pleased but not satisified'

By Ian Appleyard | 11th April 2019

Steve Watson has stressed that he will not be satisfied until the Minstermen are in the thick of next season's promotion chase.

Watson, who took over as manager three months ago, has already steered the club away from the relegation zone and onto the fringes of this season's play-off chase in Vanarama National League North.

The Minstermen have lost only four of his 13 games in charge - and three of those defeats were against clubs in the top five positions - leaders Stockport County, second-placed Chorley, and Altrincham.

Mathematically, play-off qualification remains a possibility, however City are nine points adrift of the play-off zone with only four league games to play.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Chester (kick-off 3pm), Watson said: "From where we took over a few months ago, we can be pleased - but I think you will find myself and Micky Cummins (assistant-manager) wont be totally satisfied until we have a spell in-and-around the play-offs and the top of the league area - which is where we hope we will spend most of next season!

"We are not losing many games and we had a good win on Saturday but there is still a lot to improve on," he added.

Asked whether play-off qualification was now a 'bridge too far', Watson said: "It's going to mean (other) teams having  a horrific finish to the season and we are going to have to win every single game.

"Before our three (recent) draws, there was still half a chance - but it was a very big ask. Now, I don't think it's going to be easy at all. But we will keep plugging away and you never know in football?"

Chester, who are four points adrift of the play-off zone in 10th position, go into Saturday's game on the back of a 6-0 home defeat against leaders Stockport on Tuesday night.

"That might not work in our favour," Watson admitted. "Obviously, they had play-off ambitions - and are a lot closer than us - so that was a big blow for them. They will see Saturday as a 'must-win' game but we see every game as a 'must-win' and we want to finish the season as high and as well as we can."

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