York City manager Martin Gray lectured his players on the need for leadership and consistency following a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Alfreton Town at Bootham Crescent, report York Press.

The Minstermen followed up a rousing 1-0 midweek victory against Stockport with a poor first half against Alfreton, who forged in front courtesy of two badly-conceded goals in as many minutes from Tom Denton and Curtis Bateson.

Home keeper Adam Bartlett then saved Richard Peniket’s penalty on the hour mark, before City sub Macaulay Langstaff reduced the deficit, but it only proved a consolation and an irritated Gray said:

“You’re left scratching your head after going from such a strong second-half performance on Tuesday night to gifting Alfreton a two-goal start and that’s a real concern and disappointment.

“We’d done so much work on how to deal with Denton, but people didn’t take responsibility to mark him right for the first goal and we’ve had to speak in depth to certain individuals about leadership and the need for consistency in their play.”

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