Momentum key to York City's play-off bid
ADAM REED wants York City to carry momentum into the Sky Bet League Two play-offs by getting a result at title hopefuls Scunthorpe on Saturday.
The Minstermen visit Glanford Park without a defeat in their last 16 fixtures and Reed reckons extending that sequence could prove important going into a two-legged semi-final against Fleetwood, Burton or Southend.
With City’s top-seven spot secure, this weekend’s game will only help determine who Nigel Worthington’s men meet in the play-offs, when the matches will take place and who has home advantage in the second leg.
But Reed, pictured above, still hopes the second-longest unbeaten run in City’s history will remain intact after the regular season draws to a close.
“Scunthorpe need a result and we don’t want to sit back and rest on our laurels,” he reasoned.
“The higher we finish in the league and the more points we get will give us more satisfaction. We are also on a good run and don’t want to take our foot off the gas and go into the play-offs with a defeat. The gaffer will prepare us as he has done every other week and we will go there with the right attitude to get a result.”
The ex-Sunderland midfielder, meanwhile, believes that the Minstermen’s play-off qualification represented a reward for the efforts of everybody associated with the Bootham Crescent outfit, adding: “It’s a massive, well-deserved achievement for the club, fans and everyone involved at the club.
“Since the turn of the year, everyone has worked hard and got their heads down. The supporters have been through it all too, which was shown by their reaction at the end of Saturday’s game.”
Reed now reckons the key to success during May lies in maintaining the same high standards that have seen the side concede just three goals in 16 matches.
He said: “We know we have to play our game, stick to our strengths and work hard from one to 11, because doing the basics well in this league is a key quality. When we get goals we are hard to beat and that’s working for us.”
Reed also confessed that his remarkable personal record of one loss in 24 outings for City gives him great confidence prior to any game, adding: “I might go on to the pitch with a different mentality to some people because of that run of games without a defeat.
“I just go out wanting to win every game and a draw is unsatisfactory for me personally.
“I know the capabilities of the club because they have been shown during those 24 games.
“Hopefully, we have four left and we can see things through to get in the league above next season.”
Reed replaced Will Hayhurst on the left wing for Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Newport, filling a different position to the central-midfield berth recognised as his more natural role.
But, having been allowed more freedom to burst into the opposition’s 18-yard area against Newport, Reed has welcomed the switch, saying: “Playing on the left wing gives me a bit more licence to get in the box and get forward.
“With the two players sitting in midfield, I can get in the box more and it’s not an unfamiliar position for me. I played out wide for Portsmouth and Leyton Orient and a couple of times for other clubs.
“The gaffer asked me to do a job out there and, as long as I am in the team, I’m a happy man. Hopefully, I can keep my position anywhere the manager wants to play me and help the team.”
Having netted twice in the final six games of last season, during his first spell at Bootham Crescent, the Hartlepool-born midfielder had three great chances on Saturday to open his account for the Minstermen this term.
But he was not downhearted by his failure to get off the mark.
“I was a bit frustrated not to get a goal because I had a few chances and should have got one or two but, obviously, if I keep getting in the box, one will go in,” he explained.
“I needed a bit of luck on Saturday and I hit the last opportunity really well. Maybe if I had dragged it a bit, it might have gone in but we got three points and we are in the play-offs, which was the most important thing.”
Reed added that he enjoyed playing in front of City’s consistent, 18-year-old, full-back Ben Davies, saying: “Ben has come through academy football and is good on the ball.
“He can get forward and give me the ball and he’s improved a lot game by game. Bearing in mind he’s still only a young lad, he’s been solid as a rock and his performances have been brilliant.”
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