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Rosy view of York City midfielder Lewis Montrose
YORK City midfielder Lewis Montrose is confident that the team’s results are ready to change for the better.
The Minstermen, without a win now in five games, were unlucky not to receive any reward from long back-to-back away trips to south-west pair Bristol Rovers and Exeter, going down 3-2 and 2-1 at their respective hosts.
But Montrose argued that Alan Gow’s spectacular winning goal proved the only difference between City and the high-flying Grecians at the weekend, reasoning that nobody should feel disheartened by the Devon defeat.
He said: “Sometimes you get beaten by a great finish and I think that’s what happened. Even though we didn’t get the right result, we can take the start we made in the game, the overall performance and the togetherness of the team into the next match.
“We need to concentrate on the positives, bin the negatives and move on.
“The squad is very good here. We have competition all over the pitch and it will only be a matter of time before results start changing.
“We have got good players and good staff and just have to keep pulling in the right direction together.”
Montrose played 15 games during Gillingham’s title-winning League Two campaign last term and, despite his new team winning just one of their opening six fixtures, the 24-year-old midfielder reckons the gulf between his old Priestfield employers and the Minstermen is marginal.
“We are not very far off,” Montrose claimed when comparing the two clubs. “In this division, anybody can beat anybody.
“Unfortunately, we’ve just had two tough games with long trips on the road and not got the right results but I feel we will do well this season and be all right.”
The former Wigan trainee found opportunities limited during City’s opening five fixtures after missing the majority of pre-season with a thigh injury.
Prior to being recalled to the starting line-up at Exeter, he had been used as a second-half substitute in the Capital One Cup against Burnley and replaced after an hour on his one previous start at Dagenham.
But Montrose is now determined to prove his first-team worth, saying: “I got the injury in pre-season and that does set you back a bit fitness-wise in terms of missing training but I have worked hard to get that fitness back and will keep doing that.
“It’s been hard watching from the bench – most definitely.
“The biggest thing for any professional footballer is playing games so, when you do get an opportunity, you have to take it.
“I enjoyed being back in the team on Saturday but it’s better when you win.”
Saturday’s match was also the first in which Montrose has operated as part of a three-man midfield for City.
He occupied an anchoring role behind 21-year-old Craig Clay and teenager Tom Platt.
On their compatibility as a trio, Montrose added: “I enjoy playing as a three in midfield.
“With me in there, it gives the other two midfielders a licence to bomb on because I think my strengths are breaking up play. That’s what I like doing – getting around the opposition’s centre fowards and trying to nick the ball off them.
“Craig Clay and Tom Platt are young players with talent but it’s not just about me and them. We have other good players in midfield and in all positions.”
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