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Newton keen to continue promotion push

31st January 2020

Sean Newton has insisted that results take priority over performances as City continue their promotion push in the second-half of the season.

York have won four of their five National League North games in 2020 and have the chance to extend their lead over Chester on Saturday, as they host the 3rd placed side at Bootham Crescent.

“If it means not playing well and we win then I’ll take it,” Newton admitted. “I don’t think it matters this end of the season we just need to win games.”

The 31-year-old cited Liverpool’s success in the Premier League this season as an example of how the best teams pick up wins, despite playing poorly.

“We’ve just got to keep winning – it’s as simple as that,” he stated. “I know you get caught up sometimes in performances, but I’m a Liverpool fan and Liverpool haven’t been brilliant every game this season, but you don’t remember it because they’ve won.”

“So, all we need to do is keep winning and see where it takes us.”

Newton was awarded man of the match in the recent win over AFC Telford United, and has had an impressive campaign in the Minstermen’s defence.

“I think I’ve done alright – obviously Saturday I wasn’t at my best but I thought I did my job defensively,” he said. “But overall I think it’s been a steady season for me.”

The game against Chester on Saturday will see Newton line up against the club for whom he made his first ever senior appearance.

The former England ‘C’ international came through the youth system at Chester, before going on represent the likes of Telford, Lincoln City and Wrexham.

“It’s always nice to play against clubs you’ve played for in the past,” he said. “Obviously the two in charge there its always a hostile, in-your-face game so it’s one that I’m looking forward to.”

Saturday sees two of the top teams in the division go head-to-head, but Newton stressed the importance of treating the fixture like any other game.

“I think we just have to approach it like we approach every game,” he explained.

“We go out to play well and win games but the most important thing at this stage in the season – especially against them (Chester) with where they in the league – is the three points.”

Striker Kurt Willoughby recently joined City on a one-month loan deal from AFC Fylde, bolstering manager Steve Watson’s attacking options.

Newton was quick to highlight the positive impact a new player joining the squad can have.

“Sometimes a fresh face can just liven things up a bit – players who are in the side or in the squad, they have to up their game because there’s someone come in to take their place,” he said.

“I thought for his first game, he’d only had one training session, he did well especially second-half. He’s been good in training this week so hopefully on Saturday he’ll get on the scoresheet.”



Article by Oliver Green.

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