Sporting director Dave Penney believes York City now have a stronger squad than the one manager Martin Gray inherited at the start of October.

The Minstermen travel to Telford tomorrow, aiming to extend their longest winning run since April 2014 to a fifth game, with Penney satisfied with the current options – both on the field and in the dugout. City defeated play-off rivals Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 at the weekend despite December Player of the Month Alex Pattison’s return to parent club Middlesbrough, whilst a second-half goal from substitute Amari Morgan-Smith effectively settled matters, prior to Adam Boyes’ stoppage-time reply.

On an improvement in the competition for places at Bootham Crescent, Penney reasoned: “Before the 11 picked itself and, if you had a poor game, you weren’t going to lose your place. You were never going to leave Dan Parslow or Hamza Bencherif out for Jassem Sukar.

“Whether they were playing well or not, they were always going to play. There was perhaps only Michael Rankine who could change games from outside the 11 and Sam Muggleton was used for his long throw.

“The other players on the bench, who are not here anymore, were not really affecting things. Now, we have 16 or 17 players who can do that and, if you don’t play well, you come out of the team – it’s as simple as that.”

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