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VIDEO: Collins' post-match verdict

By Ian Appleyard | 4th November 2018

Manager Sam Collins spoke to the media following City's 4-1 home defeat against Bradford (Park Avenue) in Vanarama National League North.

He praised the 'eight or nine' players who had displayed the necessary commitment and attitude but hinted at the possibility of imminent changes in personnel.

He expressed disappointment at captain Joe Tait who was shown a straight red card following an off-the-ball incident with Bradford striker Jake Beesley.

Midfielder Simon Heslop will be out of action for the next eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery and Collins admitted that his loss was a 'big blow.'

Collins also praised midfielder Lewis Hawkins - who made his debut after signing on loan from Hartlepool United - and confirmed that teenage winger Fergus McAughtrie had now been released.

"At the end of the day, if the players can't do it, then I have to go and find players that can," said Collins. "There are eight or nine players today who I can't fault (for) their attitudes.

"Dan Parslow has knocked on my door a couple of times and I have said 'you have got to be patient.' But if he comes and knocks on my door on Monday I am saying 'make sure you are ready next Saturday' because if I can't rely on other people, then I have to change it.

"We need everyone to stand up and fight and scrap and be brave and do things right. You are paid by this football club to go and do you job and, if you can't do it, then I will go and get someone that can," he said.

"I am in a really fortunate position that I am manager of this football club and I intend to do everything that needs to be done to make sure we get it right. If it happens overnight, great. If it takes time, it takes time. But I will do everything in my power to get it right because these players get looked after by the chairman who puts his money in - he deserves it and I spoke to him today and said I will do everything I possibly can.

"We were on a good little run but now have had three defeats on the bounce," he reflected. " We have to react, we have to bounce back, we have to fight and we have to put it right.

"We need commitment and attitude and, in eight or nine positions, I saw that. We need to make sure we get it right in other areas to make sure that we are solid and hard to beat."

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