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Defender David McGurk confident York City will climb away from drop zone
IT’S far too early to panic about York City’s lowly Sky Bet League Two position, insists defender David McGurk.
The 30-year-old returned to the heart of the Minstermen defence for the 2-1 loss to Mansfield at Bootham Crescent on Saturday and says he saw enough in the game to suggest the run of four straight defeats – which has seen the club drop into the bottom two – will soon end.
McGurk, who recovered from a hamstring tweak to partner Daniel Parslow at centre-back, admitted to feeling rusty on his comeback but said there were plenty of positives to take from the game.
“It was my first game back and that will put me in better stead for the weekend but, if I’m honest, I felt a little bit rusty,” he said. “But that’s always the case. Teamwise, I thought it was a lot better than it has been.
“We can take some positives from it. The result obviously isn’t one of them but we looked good going forward – in the first half especially – and we looked like we were creating more and were better in the attacking third.
“Personally, it was more about my timing and winning my headers. I know they were good in the air but I am better than that.
“They were going to win their fair share but I could have won more. This week, I’ll hopefully be better with a game under my belt.
“I think a draw would probably have been a fair result. They had a couple of chances and we played well.
“It would have been harsh on them if we had probably won – because they did have the chances – but, even though it was a defeat, we can take positives for a change.”
Manager Nigel Worthington radically altered the team that lost against AFC Wimbledon, and McGurk and Parslow’s returns were just two of five changes made by the former Northern Ireland boss.
But McGurk said his familiarity with his Welsh team-mate meant the pair were instantly comfortable.
“Towards the back end of the week, we sort of knew the team so we went through a few things,” added the Minstermen sentinel.
“Me and Pars don’t need to do any work together – we know each other’s games and that’s the same with all of us – me, Smudge (Smith), Pars – we know each other well enough to go straight in and play.
“In terms of the rest of the team, I thought the lads who came in did well. Ryan Brobbel was a threat but we were getting the ball to him.
“That was the main thing, we were getting the ball to the wide men and they are going to look a threat and in the last few weeks we probably haven’t done it.
“We are not going to panic. It is far too early but it is four defeats in a row and we are far better than that.
“They all become big games now, because we don’t want to carry on this run, but it’s far from being panic stations.”
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