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21 February 2022

Match Previews


21 February 2022

Caretaker manager Mark Trueman has challenged his players to be braver in possession and demanded aggression, ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Harrogate Town. 

Trueman is set to take charge of his second game since taking the reins on a temporary basis for the second time earlier this month. 

The City caretaker boss has urged his side to ramp up the aggression and bravery, if they wish to get the better of their Yorkshire counterparts. 

He said: “It is my job to change the mentality from dropping off players to going up and playing higher with the line. 

“We have got to be braver. We do not get a lot of time in this game, but these changes are not going to happen overnight.

“The players’ mentality is so important, and winning helps that, but it is my job to change it and hopefully we will see it against Harrogate. 

“We know it is a derby. We have to be physical, and we need to be aggressive both on and off the ball.” 

The game will be the second time the two sides have met this month, with a 2-0 defeat at Wetherby Road still fresh in City's memory. 

Trueman highlighted the threat that Harrogate posed to them and suggested what his side must do in order to counter it this time around. 

He added: “They have got a lot of individual quality. We saw the likes of Jack Diamond and how positive he is on the ball. Jack Muldoon and Luke Armstrong can also threaten our backline. 

“I want to get pressure on the ball high up the pitch. We left too much space and dropped too early without leaving bodies to press the ball. 

“We have got to give the supporters a performance they want. That is energy, work rate and aggression. 

“We have to be good on the ball in the right areas and take our time without forcing things.” 

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