York City boss Sam Collins refused to “hammer” his players despite admitting he was “bitterly disappointed” to throw away a 2-0 lead against Leamington, York Press report.

Top-scorer Jordan Burrow’s second-half brace had put the Minstermen in the ascendancy at Bootham Crescent, before Colby Bishop responded with a double of his own for the visitors with the second – a free header from a free kick – securing a share of the spoils on 86 minutes.

But Collins insisted it would be counter-productive to give his team a public dressing down, while outlining his dissatisfaction at a failure to get the basics right.

Summarising a frustrating night, the City chief said: “There were players who put in good performances and my job isn’t to hammer them, because that won’t work. A lot of them are under contract until the end of the season and some beyond that and I’m just trying to work with them to improve them.

“There are loads of games still to play and, if we had won, we would have gone tenth and been right in the mix going into Christmas. We played OK during little spells in the first half and they never caused us a problem, other than when we went 2-0 in front.”

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