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Don't back against us warns York City midfielder Lewis Montrose
MIDFIELDER Lewis Montrose has warned punters York City will wreck their accumulators this weekend.
Montrose will return to former club Wycombe Wanderers for the first time tomorrow with the Minstermen hoping to end a losing streak that currently stands at four games.
Wycombe, meanwhile, have won their last four matches, making them strong favourites with bookmakers.
But City’s 6ft 3in anchorman believes the visitors are ready to upset the odds at Adams Park.
He said: “Don’t bother putting tomorrow’s match on your coupon. You can’t under-estimate us.
“We have got a good squad and will be giving 100 per cent tomorrow, as we would in any other game.”
Montrose spent two seasons with the Chairboys, winning promotion from League Two before being released in the summer of 2011.
Current Wanderers players Matt Bloomfield, Leon Johnson, Jon-Paul Pittman, Matt Ingram, Matt McClure, Marvin McCoy and Josh Scowen are all former team-mates but Montrose will not be feeling sentimental come 3pm tomorrow.
“It will be my first time back there but it’s just another game for me and the side with three points at stake like any other,” he insisted. “It doesn’t matter what reception I get from their fans.
“We need to win, want to win and we are all looking forward to it because we must kick on this season and turn things around.
“They have a good squad but we have a good team as well and I think it will be a good game.
“It’s a nice ground and they are a family club but it’s somewhere we can go and get three points and I think we will do.”
Montrose initially joined Wycombe at the age of 19 from Wigan and benefited from playing alongside ex-QPR midfielder Gareth Ainsworth for the Buckinghamshire outfit.
The latter was in his twilight years as a player then and now manages the club with Montrose admitting he played an influential part in his development as a young player.
“Gaz had a very good career and played at the top level,” Montrose pointed out.
“I am happy that he has become a good manager because he was a good team-mate and a good bloke who I learned something from every day.
“Football is a tough game and he taught me that you have to give it your best shot and work hard every day and in every match.”
Montrose also made his Wigan debut alongside England internationals Leighton Baines and Emile Heskey back in 2006 and now, as the elder statesmen at 24 in City’s engine room, he is willing to provide the same support he received during his fledgling years to teenage pair Elliott Whitehouse and Tom Platt, as well as 21-year-old Craig Clay.
“I was quite privileged when I was younger playing with the players I did but I’m not at Wigan now,” he reasoned. “I’m at York City and I’m excited to play alongside the likes of Craig Clay, Tom Platt and Elliott Whitehouse.
“I look out for them just like all our more experienced players do and, if I can help all our youngsters, I will do.”
Montrose visits his old team having received cautions in his last four outings for City and has mixed feelings on whether they have all been merited, saying: “Some of them haven’t but some of them have been and that’s part and parcel of the game.
“It’s up to referees to make those decisions, not me.
“I just have to concentrate on my own game although any player who has been booked has to be careful.
“You can’t go flying into tackles because you know you could be sent off and it’s important to keep 11 players on the pitch.”
Montrose’s disciplinary record leaves him just one yellow card short of a suspension.
He is no stranger to the referee’s book having had his name taken seven times last term, on ten occasions the previous campaign and nine the season before that.
The Manchester-born midfielder has only ever been sent off once though and is in no mood to change his style of play despite the impending threat of a one-game ban.
“That won’t change my winning mentality,” he added. “I go out and play the game to win because that’s how I like to play.”
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