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VIDEO: Gaffer's post-match verdict

By Ian Appleyard | 8th October 2017

Martin Gray celebrated victory in his opening game as manager of York City and dedicated the three points to chairman Jason McGill.

Following a week of major change at the club, City secured a 2-1 win over Brackley Town and moved up to sixth in Vanarama National League North.

Gray, who quit rivals Darlington to take office at Bootham Crescent, said: "I am delighted for our chairman. He deserved that today. He has put his faith in myself and Dave Penney to come in. I would just like to thank him. Let's dedicate that game to the chairman because it's a fantastic three points for him."

Striker Jon Parkin scored both City goals including an unstoppable freekick to settle the contest with only four minutes to go.

"If you had watched that on 'Match of the Day', it is probably the 'Goal of the Month'," said Gray. "He's in great form and I am big on set-pieces. We had worked on his first goal this week on the training ground and it is great to see that come off."

Gray re-iterated his pre-match view that the fitness of the squad is an area for improvement.

"When you come into a club, the first thing you want to get is three points on the board. We started well but we fatigued, we tired, and we always felt that would happen. It's something we have got to work on. Over 90 minutes, we have got to be the fittest team in the league.

"There's so much to work with," he added. "There is real quality but we have got to get fitter, get stronger, and learn about 'game management' because there will be times in games where teams have very good spells and we have to make sure we are very disciplined and and hard to break down."

Reflecting on his decision to make four changes to the starting line-up, Gray said: "I always judge players on what we do on the training ground. If you don't work hard, then don't expect to play Saturdays. That's the mentality I work to and the players will soon get used to it.

"It's about making sure we are all in this together, that we become a big family and, when we have tough times, we don't have any cracks appearing. This was a great start and it has given us something to build on."

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