Underfire manager Martin Gray issued an apology to angry York City supporters following the 1-0 defeat at ten-man Gainsborough Trinity.

The result saw City drop out of the National League North play-off positions and their top-seven hopes now look slim with three fixtures left to play, as Chorley and Spennymoor – the two teams directly above them – have two and three games in hand respectively. Travelling fans directed chants of “Gray Out” and “Martin Gray, Get Out of Our Club” at the beleaguered boss during the second half of the Northolme contest and at the final whistle.

Gainsborough lost left-back Brandon Fleming to a 24th-minute red card, but the relegation-threatened hosts went on to seal victory courtesy of Ashley Worsfold’s second-half goal. The Minstermen faithful also directed slights of “You’re Not Fit to Wear the Shirt,” “This is Embarrassing” and “What a Load of Rubbish” at the team.

Gray did not defend the display afterwards but asked for the chance to prove himself in a job he took on last October following Gary Mills’ dismissal.

“I can only apologise to the fans for the display,” the former Darlington manager said. “It was the toughest day I’ve had since coming to the club and I understand the total disappointment for everybody, but I really want to do well and turn things around and I hope I am given the opportunity to do that.”

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