"So much as been said about Saturday’s defeat – we feel embarrassed and there is a real sense of shame in the squad.
Due to our situation with injuries it was not the strongest team but no one expected the manner of the defeat and nobody wants to be involved in anything like that again. That is the reason I am confident about the way we will approach Good Friday.
We are not in a hopeless position –the outcome of the season is in our hands. I think everyone associated with the club realised that our first season at this level would go down to the wire and the lads will dig deep to steer us to safety.
The drop in form was not expected and with hindsight I believe the last gasp defeat at Forest Green left us in a bad place psychologically. I will do everything I can to turn things around as we start our run in to the end of the season.
Liam Daly should be fit for a return on Friday but Shep (Murombedzi) and Calum Flanagan are still doubtful. Regan Charles-Cook has one more game to serve following his dismissal against Torquay.
It was good to hear this week that the Automated Technology Group Stadium has been granted ‘Grade A’ by The FA Ground Grading Technical Panel. This essential upgrade of our ground status will, if our plans come together, give us a good foundation next season. The finances of the club of necessity had to be reprioritised to secure all of this but I am proud of what our young squad has achieved as a result.
We have had more than our fair share of injuries – Andy Brown, Connor Franklin, Shep Murombedzi, Calum Flanagan and skipper Liam Daly. Other players have moved to pastures new. We have just lost 5 games on the trot, something which as never happened to me before. It has been challenging but I believe in the current squad
We depend on the support from you the fans and I want us to stick together and go forward together starting with York City.
Please get behind the lads on Friday and let them know you are there for them."