Self-inflicted wounds critical to York City's Barnet flop

York City’s John McGrath

York City’s John McGrath

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

JOHN McGrath believes York City are just as good as the promotion-challenging Burton Albion team he has left behind.

The Brewers are currently 13 points and 15 places above City in the League Two standings but on-loan midfielder McGrath still remembers how Gary Mills’ men dismantled his parent club 3-0 on New Year’s Day.

McGrath played the final five minutes of that match – the Minstermen’s last victory – and, two games into his Bootham Crescent career, can see no reason why the team cannot hit the same heights again.

He said: “What we have in our dressing room here is as good as what Burton Albion have got. It’s just that little bit of luck that is eluding us.

“I came to York with Burton on New Year’s Day and I remember going away and thinking ‘wow, that’s a very, very good team’. Whether or not a bit of confidence is lacking now, I don’t know.

“But they are the same group of players and the likes of myself, Curtis Obeng, Michael Rankine and Jack O’Connell have been added to the team. We should be good enough to challenge any team in this League.”

McGrath admitted, however, that Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Barnet was partly self-inflicted by a failure to carry out the manager’s orders on the pitch.

He added: “The gaffer’s mentality is to press high up the pitch, win the ball and play in the opposition’s half but we seemed to drop off after they scored. I don’t know whether that was down to us, as midfielders, sitting back or the back four not pushing up.

“It was probably a collective thing and we’ve got to learn from that.”

The 32-year-old Irishman went on to describe a “broken” dressing room at the end of the game but one that is resolving to put matters right at Oxford on Saturday.

He said: “The changing room was full of broken lads who thought they should have won the game (on Saturday) and I was one of them. It was a game that was there for the taking after going 1-0 up early doors and they did not have many chances.

“I held my hand up for the throw in that led to their winning goal but their player still had half the pitch to go before scoring. We would have been disappointed to draw the game but we ended up dropping three points.

“We’ve just got to put things right on the training ground now and prepare for another tough fixture.”

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11:24am Wed 20 Feb 13

Some old bloke says...

Of all the recent articles and quotes from the club I find this the most encouraging. At least it shows that the players have some idea of how to put things right. Also, it seems to be an admission from the players that they have a big responsibility once the game kicks off - it's not just the manager's fault.
Of all the recent articles and quotes from the club I find this the most encouraging. At least it shows that the players have some idea of how to put things right. Also, it seems to be an admission from the players that they have a big responsibility once the game kicks off - it's not just the manager's fault. Some old bloke
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11:36am Wed 20 Feb 13

Yorkess says...

I quite like John McGrath, his honesty is very refreshing, no excuses.
I quite like John McGrath, his honesty is very refreshing, no excuses. Yorkess
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11:44am Wed 20 Feb 13

Southern Exile says...

And hopefully indicates Gary still has the dressing room which is key...

Come on lads, huge game on Saturday, Oxford are not in any great shape, the team that wants it the most will take it.
And hopefully indicates Gary still has the dressing room which is key... Come on lads, huge game on Saturday, Oxford are not in any great shape, the team that wants it the most will take it. Southern Exile
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11:47am Wed 20 Feb 13

Tug job says...

Some old bloke wrote:
Of all the recent articles and quotes from the club I find this the most encouraging. At least it shows that the players have some idea of how to put things right. Also, it seems to be an admission from the players that they have a big responsibility once the game kicks off - it's not just the manager's fault.
Be careful if you are being positive about the club, SOB, or you'll be deemed a 'happy clapper'! Nice to see a player being honest about individual and collective responsibility. It doesn't matter what formation we play, if the players don't perform we won't win. I know this is obvious but many people who post on here need to have things spelt out to them.
[quote][p][bold]Some old bloke[/bold] wrote: Of all the recent articles and quotes from the club I find this the most encouraging. At least it shows that the players have some idea of how to put things right. Also, it seems to be an admission from the players that they have a big responsibility once the game kicks off - it's not just the manager's fault.[/p][/quote]Be careful if you are being positive about the club, SOB, or you'll be deemed a 'happy clapper'! Nice to see a player being honest about individual and collective responsibility. It doesn't matter what formation we play, if the players don't perform we won't win. I know this is obvious but many people who post on here need to have things spelt out to them. Tug job
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11:52am Wed 20 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

exactly what needed saying, they made mistakes, didn't perform and have admitted it like men.
now lets react, get that spirit back that saw us rescue draws against chesterfield, morecambe, port vale and cheltenham. apart from the play-off final, we've performed well against oxford in recent years when we've faced-off....lets get our first 'double' of the season!
exactly what needed saying, they made mistakes, didn't perform and have admitted it like men. now lets react, get that spirit back that saw us rescue draws against chesterfield, morecambe, port vale and cheltenham. apart from the play-off final, we've performed well against oxford in recent years when we've faced-off....lets get our first 'double' of the season! rogue84
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11:54am Wed 20 Feb 13

goreds says...

Barnet were there for the taking.
Its that that makes the defeat so hard to take.
I don't think City will be relegated but if they do then it will be the most talented squad to go down.
Barnet were there for the taking. Its that that makes the defeat so hard to take. I don't think City will be relegated but if they do then it will be the most talented squad to go down. goreds
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12:24pm Wed 20 Feb 13

redbluelion says...

Its just a short term player sticking up for the manager,im sick of players talking the talk..now its time to prove themselves and get 3pts saturday..anything else won't do.
Its just a short term player sticking up for the manager,im sick of players talking the talk..now its time to prove themselves and get 3pts saturday..anything else won't do. redbluelion
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1:17pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Tug job says...

redbluelion wrote:
Its just a short term player sticking up for the manager,im sick of players talking the talk..now its time to prove themselves and get 3pts saturday..anything else won't do.
And doubtless you'll be there to cheer them on?
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Its just a short term player sticking up for the manager,im sick of players talking the talk..now its time to prove themselves and get 3pts saturday..anything else won't do.[/p][/quote]And doubtless you'll be there to cheer them on? Tug job
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2:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13

YCFC115 says...

It would of been much better coming from a player thats been with the club through thick and thin for example McGurk and not a loan player thats on a busman's holiday thanks to his old pal Mills.
It would of been much better coming from a player thats been with the club through thick and thin for example McGurk and not a loan player thats on a busman's holiday thanks to his old pal Mills. YCFC115
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2:31pm Wed 20 Feb 13

gosportyorkie says...

I hope the mills knockers take
Its good to see a player all be it a loanee that wont be here next year footing the blame come calamity captain wheres your voice lets start seeing some fight and heart

Come on york anything above 23rd place is the task are you big enough men to stan up and be counted
I hope the mills knockers take Its good to see a player all be it a loanee that wont be here next year footing the blame come calamity captain wheres your voice lets start seeing some fight and heart Come on york anything above 23rd place is the task are you big enough men to stan up and be counted gosportyorkie
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2:31pm Wed 20 Feb 13

gosportyorkie says...

I hope the mills knockers take
Its good to see a player all be it a loanee that wont be here next year footing the blame come calamity captain wheres your voice lets start seeing some fight and heart

Come on york anything above 23rd place is the task are you big enough men to stan up and be counted
I hope the mills knockers take Its good to see a player all be it a loanee that wont be here next year footing the blame come calamity captain wheres your voice lets start seeing some fight and heart Come on york anything above 23rd place is the task are you big enough men to stan up and be counted gosportyorkie
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3:59pm Wed 20 Feb 13

openallhours says...

I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system. openallhours
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5:11pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Tug job says...

openallhours wrote:
I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up!
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.[/p][/quote]Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up! Tug job
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5:56pm Wed 20 Feb 13

openallhours says...

Tug job wrote:
openallhours wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up!
Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on!
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.[/p][/quote]Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up![/p][/quote]Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on! openallhours
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6:20pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Mad for Minstermen says...

openallhours wrote:
Tug job wrote:
openallhours wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up!
Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on!
Here, here openallhours, Tug job by name and nature....hang on....I've Sussed it, Tug job is Gary Mills !!
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.[/p][/quote]Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up![/p][/quote]Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on![/p][/quote]Here, here openallhours, Tug job by name and nature....hang on....I've Sussed it, Tug job is Gary Mills !! Mad for Minstermen
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9:57pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Tug job says...

openallhours wrote:
Tug job wrote:
openallhours wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up!
Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on!
Perfectly happy for people to hold different views, that's what makes life intersting and varied. Most peope are able to express their criticism (and I think you'll find I have criticised the team and the manager at various points throughout the season) in an adult way - by being objective and rational - but this is where you seem to struggle.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.[/p][/quote]Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up![/p][/quote]Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on![/p][/quote]Perfectly happy for people to hold different views, that's what makes life intersting and varied. Most peope are able to express their criticism (and I think you'll find I have criticised the team and the manager at various points throughout the season) in an adult way - by being objective and rational - but this is where you seem to struggle. Tug job
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10:04pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Tug job says...

Mad for Minstermen wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Tug job wrote:
openallhours wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up!
Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on!
Here, here openallhours, Tug job by name and nature....hang on....I've Sussed it, Tug job is Gary Mills !!
LOL, no I'm not Gary Mills, If I managed City we'd be in real trouble, although at least I'd be able to give 4-4-2 a go! A tug (or tug job) in the railway industry isn't what I suspect you are referring to.
[quote][p][bold]Mad for Minstermen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.[/p][/quote]Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up![/p][/quote]Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on![/p][/quote]Here, here openallhours, Tug job by name and nature....hang on....I've Sussed it, Tug job is Gary Mills !![/p][/quote]LOL, no I'm not Gary Mills, If I managed City we'd be in real trouble, although at least I'd be able to give 4-4-2 a go! A tug (or tug job) in the railway industry isn't what I suspect you are referring to. Tug job
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10:21pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Mad for Minstermen says...

Tug job wrote:
Mad for Minstermen wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Tug job wrote:
openallhours wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up!
Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on!
Here, here openallhours, Tug job by name and nature....hang on....I've Sussed it, Tug job is Gary Mills !!
LOL, no I'm not Gary Mills, If I managed City we'd be in real trouble, although at least I'd be able to give 4-4-2 a go! A tug (or tug job) in the railway industry isn't what I suspect you are referring to.
Don't put yourself down, at this present time I'd back you to get 3 points at Oxford !!
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mad for Minstermen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.[/p][/quote]Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up![/p][/quote]Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on![/p][/quote]Here, here openallhours, Tug job by name and nature....hang on....I've Sussed it, Tug job is Gary Mills !![/p][/quote]LOL, no I'm not Gary Mills, If I managed City we'd be in real trouble, although at least I'd be able to give 4-4-2 a go! A tug (or tug job) in the railway industry isn't what I suspect you are referring to.[/p][/quote]Don't put yourself down, at this present time I'd back you to get 3 points at Oxford !! Mad for Minstermen
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8:18am Thu 21 Feb 13

openallhours says...

Tug job wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Tug job wrote:
openallhours wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.
Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up!
Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on!
Perfectly happy for people to hold different views, that's what makes life intersting and varied. Most peope are able to express their criticism (and I think you'll find I have criticised the team and the manager at various points throughout the season) in an adult way - by being objective and rational - but this is where you seem to struggle.
You're happy for people to hold differing views?! Well isn't that a piece of information worth knowing. Now jog on and get back to licking windows or whatever it is you're an expert at.
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: I've been very impressed with McGrath and it says a lot about his character that he's prepared to praise his manager, even though most City fans are seeing Mills for what he really is... a stubborn, unapologetic, self centered little man who'd rather protect his pride rather than change a failing system.[/p][/quote]Whatever Mills's failings are as a manager, he doesn't come across as being as arrogant as you. You write like a pre-pubescent. Grow up![/p][/quote]Oh dear, you can't leave it can you. Just accept that people have differing views and move on. I'm not going to waste any more time on the subject as you're quite clearly one of the biggest 'Gary Clappers' around. While you're at it, why don't you tell all of the other posters who are unhappy with Mills that they're out of order and we'll see how you get on![/p][/quote]Perfectly happy for people to hold different views, that's what makes life intersting and varied. Most peope are able to express their criticism (and I think you'll find I have criticised the team and the manager at various points throughout the season) in an adult way - by being objective and rational - but this is where you seem to struggle.[/p][/quote]You're happy for people to hold differing views?! Well isn't that a piece of information worth knowing. Now jog on and get back to licking windows or whatever it is you're an expert at. openallhours
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