Date: 7th October 2017 at 6:58pm
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Martin Gray said the late 2-1 victory against promotion rivals Brackley Town gives him something to build on moving forward, although remaining concerned by overall fitness levels.

The Minstermen weren’t particularly convincing despite a first win in three games and yet again found themselves too often on the retreat following the interval.

However, leading marksman Jon Parkin struck twice, with his outstanding free-kick winner arriving inside the final five minutes of the contest.

“You come to a new club and the first thing is you just want to get three points on the board,” Gray admitted to BBC Radio York. “Brackley is a very strong team and it’s a long time since they’ve lost.

“We started well but tired and it’s something we’re going to have to work on. Over ninety minutes we’ve got to be the fittest team in the league,” he insisted. “You could see fatigue creeping in but what I thought was very good today, the senior players kept a good shape off the ball.

“They [Brackley] didn’t really create an awful lot of chances and big Jon Parkin buys himself a free-kick. If you’d watched that on Match of the Day tonight it was probably goal of the month.

“I’m big on set-pieces and we scored the first goal off work we’ve done this week at the training ground. And it was great to see that come off. Obviously Jon gets himself a free-kick and when it goes rising into the top corner like that it was a great feeling.”

Gray had earlier made four changes and included first starts of the season for goalkeeper Luke Simpson and previously transfer-listed midfielder Aidan Connolly.

“We brought the goalkeeper in and I thought he did fine. He didn’t have an awful lot to do but what he did he did alright,” he continued. “I thought little Aidan Connolly was great and is a game-changer. We knew he was going to tire on the hour; I can’t remember the last time he played a game. But he gives you something different and there’s so much to build and work on with those type of players.

“I thought we had a good shape and we changed it to 4-4-2 to make sure we were just a little bit more compact to see the game out.

“There’s some real quality there. But we’ve got to get fitter, we’ve got to get stronger and learn more about game management and seeing games out.

“Because there will be times in every game where teams have very good spells of play, and we’ve got to make sure we’re very, very disciplined and hard to break down.”

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