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Daniel Parslow drops anchor in York City’s midfield
DANIEL Parslow is happy to continue in a midfield anchor role if asked to carry out the task by York City boss Gary Mills during today’s crucial Blue Square Bet Premier play-off semi-final second leg at Mansfield Town.
The Welshman was employed in a holding position in Wednesday night’s first leg at Bootham Crescent and performed admirably in the 1-1 draw – breaking up play and feeding possession with simple passes.
Although a relatively unfamiliar position for the 26-year-old, whose favoured slot is at centre-back, Parslow said he would try to do the same again this afternoon (kick off 2pm) if he was required once more to stablise the Minstermen’s midfield.
“I do enjoy it,” Parslow said of the position. “It’s totally different to anything I’ve had to do before.
“The gaffer just wanted a bit more presence in the team on Wednesday night and, obviously, he’s gone with Smudge (Chris Smith) and Doigy (Chris Doig) at the back and he has asked me to do a job in midfield.
“It was a matter of just breaking things up and keeping it simple. I’m happy to do that and I’ll give it to the boys who can go and play. I try to keep it nice and simple, do my bit, and hopefully start things off.
“I will try to do the same again, if selected, and we will all pull together and get to the place we want to be.”
Parslow said his team-mates were “full of optimism” ahead of the match and insisted that the club are in a “great position” to book another Wembley berth in the play-off final against either Luton Town or Wrexham on Sunday, May 20.
He added: “It wasn’t going to be won or lost on Wednesday night. It’s only half-time and it was important that we were still in it. Our home record hasn’t been fantastic this year so I thought we put on a decent show. We started really well.
“Their goal came against the run of play and it knocked us a little bit but to get that goal before half-time – and Jon Challinor put a great ball in – lifted us again and we are full of optimism.
“We passed it really well and we know that if we play our game, not get dragged into the scrappy side, and keep passing the ball around, hopefully we can go there and do that.
“It’s a great position. Mansfield will be pleased to have come away 1-1 with the circumstances, going down to ten men, but it’s half-time.
“We’ve been fantastic away from home this year and we are full of confidence to go down there and put on a good show.”
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