Date: 11th November 2017 at 9:29pm
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Manager Martin Gray remains deeply frustrated despite York City coming away from Alfreton Town with a hard-earned 3-2 victory.

Leading marksman Jon Parkin scored twice and newcomer Adam Bartlett saved a second-half penalty. That after former York midfielder Tom Platt was sent-off for a second bookable offence.

Aidan Connolly had originally given the visitors an early lead but they were twice pegged back, until the redoubtable Parkin’s thirteenth goal of the season from the penalty spot eventually secured them maximum points.

“Too open again to be honest. But a fantastic three points,” Gray told BBC Radio York. “The away support that we had today, it was great we can give them something to go away with – a massive three points. It just backs up our last week’s performance.

“You could see we had worked a lot on having a better shape off the ball,” he continued. “But their formation hurt us a little bit first-half and we changed it on the hour with personnel. Again, I thought the subs that came on made a massive impact.

“But we’re frustrated we’re having to win games by scoring three goals away from home and that can’t be the case going forward.

“We’ve got quality in the team and some good players, there’s no question about that,” Gray maintained. “I don’t want to be negative but we’ve got to be getting back to being stronger defensively as a team.

“As delighted as I am tonight that we’ve won games back-to-back, and that’s the first time we’ve done that since I’ve taken over, I’m very, very frustrated that we’ve got to get back that real hard team to beat.

“But our fitness levels now are fantastic. I said two or three weeks ago you’ll start to see the rewards and I think we’ll start to do that now – and we just have to make sure we back this up next week with another win.”

Gray was actually joined on the sidelines by his former Darlington assistant Brian Atkinson, who was carefully watching proceedings from the stands.

“He’s come in as part of the staff,” he confirmed. “He’s someone I’ve worked with since I was seventeen-years-old. He’s got great knowledge of the game and will be sitting in the stand analysing and coming down giving us bits of information.

“But Dave Penney is my number two and will be my number two. Dave is the main man working alongside me.”



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