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‘It’s all for one and one for all’ says York City skipper
YORK CITY still have the belief and will stick together in a bid to turn their results around, promised Chris Smith.
The former Mansfield defender, now Minstermen skipper, is set to lock horns with his old team-mates as the Stags come to Bootham Crescent this afternoon in Sky Bet League Two (kick off 3pm).
Smith is keen to erase the memories of last weekend’s disappointing defeat against AFC Wimbledon but warned Mansfield would be a tough test and looking for revenge after York beat them in the Conference play-offs 16 months ago.
And, while admitting his team were struggling at present, he said nothing would change opinion more than a three-point haul.
“They are the team sitting in a good position and we need to get a win and it’s going to be a big, organised, strong, direct Mansfield team that might still have a grudge against us from the play-offs,” said Smith of City’s opponents.
“The gaffer has already marked our card there and that’s the first thing we have got to match.“We found last year that when we didn’t score goals we struggled and you can say we haven’t scored goals this season and that’s why we are struggling.
“At the other end, we have got to do better and, against an organised side, we have to have a bit of creativity.
“This week’s training has been sharp and the gaffer has brought some new players in so it is good.”
On the 2-0 loss to the Dons, Smith added: “It was a poor performance individually and as a team. There were individual errors.
“You can probably justify losing if you do it in the right manner but I can think of two or three goals that other teams have scored against us where you can say ‘okay that was decent play’.
“The rest of the goals we have given them and that is the disappointing thing.
“As an all-round team performance the tempo wasn’t good enough, we had no thought of what we were doing.
“We know what we are supposed to do but we didn’t do it as individuals and as a team.
“We know what trouble we are in and we know if, in 40 games time, we are playing like we are now, we will be in trouble. We know that from last season. It’s better to eliminate it now.
“There is negativity around the club and we have lost three games but the best way to change that is to win a game and it will seem like everything is rosy again.
“Everyone of us, as a player, if every fan asked us, would say we haven’t been good enough in the last two games – against Exeter we did all right in stages and then let ourselves down – but the best way to turn that around is to do your job and do it well.
“We believe as a team, we will stick together as a team and a group of staff, like we did last year when it was a bit negative.
“We stuck together and we came out of it. We know as a team what we have got and we have got the belief. It is just about sticking together.”
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