York City boss Martin Gray has admitted all six points must be taken against bottom-of-the-table North Ferriby over the festive period to avoid greater pressure on his job.
Gray has only been in charge at Bootham Crescent for three months, but a 3-2 home defeat to Blyth Spartans represented a third consecutive loss and left the mid-table Minstermen five points off the National League North play-off pace and just seven above the relegation zone.
Ferriby, meanwhile, only have seven points from their 22 league games this term and are 13 adrift at the foot of the table ahead of entertaining City on Boxing Day and travelling to North Yorkshire on New Year’s Day.
After Jon Parkin’s penalty cancelled out Sean Reid’s opening goal for Blyth, which was also scored from the spot, the visitors took control with further efforts from Adam Wrightson and Greg Rutherford.
Parkin went on to net again on 87 minutes, with his 18th goal of the season, but City did not deserve any reward after another shoddy defensive display and, giving an honest appraisal of the outlook for his managerial future if results do not improve quickly, Gray confessed: “This can’t keep going on.
“We’ve brought professionalism into the club and tried to stop the rot and negativity but, while we’ve seen bits of improvements, we haven’t seen that in results and we’re judged on results. Everybody has to stand up and be counted and the players are 100 per cent behind me, but they have to start delivering now because, if not, we all know what the outcome will be – somebody will go.”
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