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We Passed the Ball Well

30 December 2013

Andy Procter talks about his recent performances, life under the new gaffer and looks forward to Hartlepool away....

'We were disappointed not to keep a clean sheet, the ricochet fell to the lad in the box and he put it away well. After that we created chances ourselves, Shaun Harrad had a good chance and so did Anton Forrester. I thought we passed the ball well when we were under pressure. 

I think the way that we started the game was probably the best we've started this year. Thankfully we put our chances away nice and early which is something that we have been lacking this year. I think if we'd have got that third goal then it would have been game over; 2 - 0 is always a difficult score line to have. We spoke about it at half-time and said that we weren't going to sit back, and I think we saw that with the number of chances that we created. 

We don't want to get ahead of ourselves and say that we are finally on a run as we've spoke about it all season. We've got 4 points from the last 2 games at home - it's building blocks. 

We are working really hard in training and the gaffer has come in and he's got a way in which he wants to play and we are all doing our best to implement it. 

David Flitcroft has come in as manager and he's named Craig Jones as captain, I've not got a problem with that as that's something that he wanted to do, I'm just here to work hard and to try and keep my place in the team. I think that I have put in three decent performances now since the new gaffer has been in, so hopefully I can maintain that.

York were promoted from the conference last season so they are full of confidence, they have a style of play were they get the ball forward early and then try and pick up seconds. I thought that we dealt with it well and that we created numerous chances on the break. 

I really enjoy playing down the middle with Tommy Miller; he keeps the reins on me a bit and he's always available. To be honest I think that I've played my best football when I've played with Tommy this year. 

It's always difficult when a manager comes in as it’s like feeling like you're back on trial, but at the end of the day there are numerous footballers out there who haven't got a contract at this moment in time and we are all in the fortunate position that we have got contracts so we have to prove ourselves to the new manager as I'm sure he'll have his own targets in mind.

I try and put it to the back of my mind and concentrate on my own performances and as I said I've been very happy with my last 3 performances. I think if you look too far ahead it can distract you so I am just concentrating on myself and the team and trying to get us out of this position that we find ourselves in.

Relegation is something that we are not mentioning in the dressing room it's not something that we are thinking of as we want to look forward. We've put two solid performances in so hopefully we can move forward. 

Hartlepool are a good young team they gave us a good game here at home but we'll be going there looking to stamp our authority on the game and hopefully come away with 3 points. 

We've got a break in games after the Hartlepool fixture on New Year’s Day but the gaffer will have us in over that period as there's still a lot of work that needs doing. A lot of organisation that he wants to bring to the squad and also a style of play that he wants to bring. 

It's going to take time for it to come together, thankfully it did today but there's still plenty of work to do.'

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