MICKY CUMMINS has called on York City to put on "90-minute performances" ahead of tomorrow evening's clash with National League North basement side Hereford.

City are heading into the league meeting at the LNER Community Stadium (7.45pm) off the back of a four-game winning run, while the Bulls have just three points to their name this term.

On Saturday, York triumphed 2-1 at Darlington as Hereford needed a last-gasp Dan Smith equaliser to draw 1-1 with Leamington.

Despite City's positive vein of form, assistant manager Cummins believes they can do better yet.

“I don’t think we’ve won a second half," he said.

"We were 4-0 up against Farsley and they came out and scored two. The Brackley game, the Kiddy game, certainly the Spenny game - we seem to feel we’ve done the job in the first half or first hour and taken our foot off the gas.

“We need a bit of maturity. Game-management’s got to be better.

“We know teams are going to have a spell but we’re trying to restrict their opportunities or them getting into the final third.

“It’s nothing to do with fitness. It’s just a mental state."

City dominated the first half at Blackwell Meadows and, with better finishing, could have gone into the break with a more handsome lead than the two-goal advantage they held.

They also had the man advantage following Jake Cooper's contentious straight-red dismissal.

But the Quakers came out strongly and Luke Charman's goal seemed to shake City, who could not rediscover their pre-interval levels of control.

“The dynamics of the game changed with them having 10 men – they came out 4-4-1 and tried to hit us on the counter," Cummins commented. “We played into their hands a bit. We should have dominated the ball and been patient rather than give them turnovers and opportunities.

“It was an opportunity to put in a decent 90 minutes rather than what we’ve done in the past where we’ve played for an hour or 75 minutes and given the opposition a sniff.

“We’ve spoken about putting in 90-minute performances for the rest of the season and trying the weather any spells we have against us without conceding any opportunities."

Injury-hit Hereford's sole competitive win this season came in an FA Cup replay at Edgar Street against Step 4 side Lymington Town.

Still, Cummins insists City must not take anything for granted.

“They’re having a tough time," he said.

"They couldn’t fill the bench at the weekend and had a serious injury in the first half.

“But they’re a wounded animal at the minute and they’re going to be fighting for their lives, fighting tooth and nail for every ball, every challenge.

“We’ve watched them two or three times and they’re just not getting the rub of the green in some parts of the game.

“We know not to be over-confident.

“A wounded animal, you’ve got to be cautious and wary of it."