New assistant manager Micky Cummins insisted that York City need more “urgency, excitement and positivity” despite a 6-1 victory over Redcar Athletic at Bootham Crescent, York Press report.

Cummins was joined in the dugout by agitated City boss Steve Watson for the last quarter-of-an-hour of the North Riding Cup quarter-final clash, which saw the hosts name a full squad of senior professionals.

Ex-Gateshead chief Watson had watched the majority of the match scribbling notes in the directors’ box, where City chairman Jason McGill also looked on, having been absent from first-team games for a number of weeks.

Macaulay Langstaff and Alex Kempster subsequently added late goals after Stuart Browne had reduced the deficit for the Northern League second division minnows following earlier efforts from Jon Parkin, Kallum Griffiths, Joe Tait and Liam Agnew, who was red carded for supposed dangerous play on 82 minutes.

Despite the margin of victory, Cummins felt the display highlighted why the Minstermen currently find themselves sitting sixth bottom in the National League North table, pointing out: “The result was always going to go our way, but it was clear what’s missing here from the performance.

“We need a bit of tempo, urgency, excitement and positivity. I lost count of the number of sideways passes we made and me and the gaffer have an attacking philosophy and that’s what we want at the club.

“There has to be enthusiasm and a spark, because that then translates to the crowd as well. We want midfielders breaking lines and full-backs marauding forward and putting crosses in, but everything seemed to be safe and, without meaning any disrespect to Redcar, we should have been running all over them.”

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