YORK City manager Martin Foyle believes all the pressure will be on Grays Athletic during tomorrow’s crucial relegation clash at the Recreation Ground.
The Minstermen are level on points with fourth-bottom Grays but one position higher than the Essex club due to a superior goal difference of 17.
Foyle’s side also have two games in hand on the two-time FA Trophy winners, who will be bidding for maximum points in front of a crowd that grew restless during Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with mid-table Rushden.
The City boss said: “We are going there to win the game and there is more pressure on the home team because we’ve heard their supporters are going after them a bit at the moment. Hopefully, our fans can turn up in full voice as they usually do and help the lads to get a result.
“We need to go there, be positive and look to try to score an early goal to get them on their back foot as soon as possible.”
Should City lose at Grays, they will drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season but Foyle reiterated the fight for survival will not be concluded tomorrow regardless of the result.
With games against crisis club Weymouth, already-relegated Lewes, and Northwich, who could have joined them by the time of their arrival at KitKat Crescent next weekend, still to come, Foyle feels the Minstermen would need “locking up” if they failed to secure survival even allowing for a defeat to Grays.
He said: “The season will be nowhere near over after tomorrow’s match. After our game at home to Oxford on Tuesday night, there will be six games to go.
“We might need to win two out of those and, if we couldn’t get out of trouble from that situation, then we’d deserve to go down and should be locked up.”
With top scorer Richard Brodie beginning a two-match suspension, Foyle will also decide whether to dispense with the 4-3-3 formation that has seen City fire blanks in their last three games.
Foyle said: “Somebody will get a chance because of the suspension and we might go differently and look to play more football.”
Winger Adam Smith will not travel to Grays after suffering a bruised foot during Wednesday’s 1-0 reserve defeat against Leeds.
Foyle also revealed that concerns over his baby daughter have meant Smith has not been able to fully focus on his football since returning to the club from Gainsborough in January.
The City boss said: “Adam’s baby girl hasn’t been too well so we’ve been keeping him out of the picture as he hasn’t felt right mentally, which is understandable.
“We haven’t seen a lot of him on the training pitch because we’ve been giving him days off.
“He was getting back to his best though and then somebody goes and clatters him.
“I think he needs a good pre-season behind him in the summer and I’m sure he’ll be flying again then because he has a fantastic attitude.”