Yeovil Town v York City: The only way is up for Minstermen chief McNamara

York City manager Jackie McNamara.' Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
York City manager Jackie McNamara.' Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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JACKIE McNAMARA is refusing to look too far beyond today’s visit to basement side Yeovil Town when it comes to ensuring York City’s Football League future.

The Minstermen have rebounded from a run of seven straight defeats in the league to pick up four points from their last two games. Those positive results were a turnaround that McNamara expected to happen, even during York’s slump.

Those results lifted York out of the relegation zone, a situation that the manager believes is “important”.

A game against Yeovil, bottom of League Two, could be seen as a potential relegation six-pointer, but McNamara clearly does not see any one match as more important than another.

He said: “First and foremost, we think short-term. My aim is always to win every game and see where it takes us. Just now, the immediate focus is Yeovil away and winning that.

“It’s another game we want to win. It’s just as important as the game on Saturday and the week before that, the Morecambe game.

“There is still a long way to go, and we are only half way through the season now. We focus on every game and make sure that we go on to win it.”

After exiting the relegation zone, McNamara has cast his eyes up the table and is thinking about his side catching the teams above them.

Newport County, four points ahead of York in 20th, are clearly seen as catchable by McNamara. The former Dundee United manager can identify a route to overhauling them, starting with Yeovil.

McNamara said: “I focus on the teams that are ahead of us. I can see the teams that are in our sights now.

“I think the next couple of games are crucial in terms of catching that pack and trying to get up there. Newport are four points ahead of us, but we have a game in-hand on them. We have a massive game on Saturday which we need to win, and then we have Newport at home a couple of weeks after that.”