York Press say their February Player of the Month David Mirfin has insisted that manager Steve Watson has been the real catalyst for improvement at York City.

Mirfin, 33, helped City win four out of their five fixtures last month following his loan arrival from League Two promotional hopefuls Mansfield.

His personal accolade was made all the more impressive by the fact that those matches were his first in football for 14 months following knee surgery.

But a modest Mirfin has declared that Watson has made the biggest impact at Bootham Crescent, with the ex-Gateshead chief’s efforts also recognised during his first full month with the club.

Watson was named National League North Manager of the Month for February as the club climbed from 19th in the table to 12th and Mirfin said: “I set myself a target of five or six games to get back into the swing of things to see how my injury reacted so it’s obviously a nice thing to win something that is voted on by fans.

“But I think everybody has been lifted since the gaffer has come in, according to the lads and what I’ve read. He seems to get more from players and there’s been a massive progression under him.”

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