Frustrated boss Martin Gray insisted that York City’s players must start carrying out his instructions following a 2-1 defeat at second-bottom Boston United.

The struggling Pilgrims took maximum points after second-half goals from Jordan Keane and Ashley Hemmings cancelled out Adriano Moke’s 19th-minute effort.

It was a result that saw City drop out of the play-off positions and down to ninth place in the National League North standings.

The game also represented a 13th without a clean sheet for the visitors and an irritated Gray admitted: “I’ve been here two months now and it’s the most frustrated I have felt.

“At 1-0, I thought we were in control of the game and didn’t look like conceding, but the manner that we did on both occasions is a concern. I am the coach and manager and I work very hard on the training ground to counteract these things, but people need to listen and take instructions on board.

“We have players who have played at this level and higher and they should be experienced enough to be disciplined out of possession. If that’s the case, we don’t need to score three goals to win a game – 1-0 would be enough.”

While defensive frailties continue to hinder the Minstermen’s progress, Gray also lamented his team’s display at the other end of the pitch, with James Gray, Aidan Connolly and Amari Morgan-Smith all seeing great chances saved by home keeper George Willis.

“We didn’t do enough in both boxes,” the City chief bemoaned. “It’s easy to dig out defenders for mistakes but, even though we had a great bit of quality from somebody who doesn’t usually score, we could have been 3-0 up at half-time with the great chances we had and you have to convert them.”

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