Date: 30th December 2017 at 12:34pm
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Manager Martin Gray says it’s absolutely imperative that York City follow up their Boxing Day success against North Ferriby United when the two sides meet again at Bootham Crescent on New Year’s Day.

The Minstermen comprehensively prevailed 4-1 in the first meeting courtesy of a Jon Parkin hat-trick and on loan Jonny Burn’s first goal for the club.

“Wins breed confidence and we need to get a winning mentality back within the football club,” Gray told York’s official YouTube channel. “It’s just one win that we’ve had so there’s no getting carried away.

“But the nice thing is we’ve got North Ferriby again. We’ve got to have the same approach and mentality and make sure we win this next game.

“We’re going into the home game on the back of a very strong performance,” he continued. “But that’s gone, it’s what we do now and I think you’ve got to forget about what happened then.

“We’ve been working all this week – and Saturday and Sunday – preparing and making sure our standards as a full-time club have got to come through. We’ve got to give the fans something to go home happy about. We’ve shown glimpses and forty-five minute good spells – and forty-five minutes of not as good.

“Individual errors have cost us in most of our games. I haven’t seen many teams open us up with fantastic play, so we’ve got to cut errors out ASAP,” he admitted. “We’ve got to give our fans something very good over ninety minutes. And I felt our last game was a very strong ninety minutes and a lot of positives came out of it.

“We’ve got to get another three points and put in another very strong performance. We’ve got to make sure the fans feel how hard we’re working to try and give the club the success that they need.”

Meanwhile, Gray revealed that skipper Sean Newton is already closing in on a return to action having missed the last couple of games due to suffering an ankle injury during the recent FA Trophy defeat at Kidderminster Harriers.

“He’s getting closer,” he added. “We’re hoping to get him on the training ground in the next forty-eight hours, if all goes to plan.

“He’s made a quicker recovery than we thought. I’m not saying he’s out of the woods yet, but he’s made a really speedy return.”

Otherwise, the York chief is still looking to improve his squad and continues to make enquiries while already planning an assault on the end-of-season play-offs.

“We’re working hard to try and bring in certain players to strengthen our squad,” he promised. “We have to that to do that to make sure we’re preparing for the play-offs.”

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