MORE of the same please – but with goals.
That’s the simple message Martin Foyle is relaying to his York City troops as they prepare for a vital Blue Square Premier relegation clash with Northwich Victoria tomorrow. Buoyed by a gritty display against Oxford on Tuesday, the Minstermen boss has challenged his men to recreate that passion and fight while being more ruthless in front of goal.
The Vics will be relegated with anything less than a win at KitKat Crescent and Foyle is determined his side will continue the good work started against an Oxford side which has only lost once in the league in 2009.
“I want another performance like that,” Foyle said.
“It is just goals at the moment and scoring goals does breed confidence. It is about getting those draws turned into wins.
“We could quite easily have won five more games this season and, if we had, we would be in the top half of the table.
“It is something we need to rectify as soon as possible.”
Foyle, who thinks the relegation fight will go right down to the wire, said he and the whole squad had been lifted by that battling midweek share-all.
He added: “It put a smile back on the faces and not just the players but also me and Andy Porter.
“We are working very hard on the training pitch and we are our own biggest critics. We are trying to do everything right and there is not a lot we can change around.
“The atmosphere is good and we are looking forward to three points (against Northwich).
“I thought everyone worked hard on Tuesday and got stuck in. You could tell by the crowd’s reaction.”
Levi Mackin, who missed the Oxford match with a tight thigh, is training but is still hampered by the strain and will be the subject of a late decision for Foyle.
Top-scorer Richard Brodie, back from a two-game suspension, is likely to go straight back into the side with Foyle saying he is “champing at the bit” to be involved.
On the relegation battle, with five of City’s last six games against relegation rivals, the Minstermen manager added: “The next two games are important but there are still points to be won.
“It is going to go right to the wire.”
* For Steve Carroll’s lowdown on the Blue Square Premier season run-in, make sure to get The Press tomorrow