Gary Mills vows York City wins will come

York Press: New recruit Alex Rodman turns away in glee after notching his first York City goal. Picture: Gordon Clayton New recruit Alex Rodman turns away in glee after notching his first York City goal. Picture: Gordon Clayton

YORK City manager Gary Mills is unconcerned by a run of six games without a victory.

Mills is currently enduring his longest win-less sequence since taking charge of the Minstermen in October 2010 but was again encouraged by his side’s performance during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at League Two high-fliers Port Vale.

If the extra-time defeat at FA Cup replay hosts AFC Wimbledon is counted as a draw after 90 minutes, then City have shared the spoils in five of those last six games and Mills is confident his team can rediscover the winning habit.

After seeing goals from Alex Rodman and Jamie Reed complete a second-half comeback at Vale Park, the City chief said: “Let’s enjoy a point at Port Vale because, if we start worrying about not winning, it can create problems. We’ve just got to keep going and the wins will come.

“We all want to win and I thought we deserved to on Saturday.

“There have been a few games where we haven’t got what we deserved but it’s a learning process and we’re going through a little spell.

“We’re not winning, which is a situation we’re not used to, but we’re not losing too many either.

“We’re not a million miles behind Port Vale if we can turn the draws into wins and I believe we will.”

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Mills felt his side were unfortunate to concede a penalty when captain Chris Smith was judged to have handled a Chris Shuker shot for the hosts’ second goal but praised his players’ determination not to ditch their footballing principles in such adversity.

He added: “I was very proud of us in defeat at AFC Wimbledon and we were the better team again at Port Vale.

“To go in 2-0 down was a travesty after a very dubious penalty but I said to the players ‘let’s go and win it’ because I know the character we have got and what we are capable of.

“We passed and kept the ball well in the first half without really hurting them and, at 2-0, the next goal was important. We got it and deserved it because I thought we were excellent.

“We were up against a side who everybody has been telling me are a good team but we are a good team and we have proved that again. At 2-0 down, we did not panic and kept playing and that’s what we are about.

“It’s important we do that when we go behind. It’s another draw and we want to build on it with a performance like that at home and a win.”

On Rodman’s first goal following his loan move from Aldershot, Mills said: “It’s not easy to come into another side but I went with him because I felt it was the right thing to do.

“I know what he’s capable of. He’s got good feet and it was a great goal.”

On Reed, preferred to Jason Walker in the starting line-up, netting his fourth goal in only his second start of the campaign, Mills added: “The lad has popped up again with an equaliser.

“I thought it was time to give him a go. He’s looked sharper in training and I’ve had many a chat with Reedy in the past.

“This time I couldn’t ignore him and he did okay because it’s not easy against two big lads like they had.

“I decided to keep him on because he’s always capable of getting a goal and he did.”

Chris Doig was also selected instead of Clarke Carlisle in the centre of City’s defence with Mills hinting at off-the-pitch reasons for that change, saying: “Everybody will find out in the week what was behind that.

“There are two or three reasons and one is that I wanted to play from the back a bit more. We’ve not done that as much with Clarke in the team.

“We’ve been throwing the ball down centre-backs’ throats in recent games but Chris Doig is very good at playing out from the back.

“If you don’t give away possession, the opposition can’t score and he also reads the game well.

“We’ve just got to keep him fit because he also gives us that balance as a left-footer as well.”

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12:31pm Mon 19 Nov 12

skilly says...

Some sensible comments from GM. A point at Port Vale after being 2 down at half time is excellent. The performance of the team in the last 2 games has restored some pride and shows what we can do when we retain possession. Well done lads, especially Rodman and Reedy for taking their chances well. Need to replicate this performance at home on Saturday.
Some sensible comments from GM. A point at Port Vale after being 2 down at half time is excellent. The performance of the team in the last 2 games has restored some pride and shows what we can do when we retain possession. Well done lads, especially Rodman and Reedy for taking their chances well. Need to replicate this performance at home on Saturday. skilly

1:42pm Mon 19 Nov 12

OLD - HEAD says...

After failing to beat an average AFC Wimbledon team over three games, a point against the second placed club Port Vale has got to be an improvement. Of course not winninig is a worry, despite what GM is saying. At the end of the season its no use saying "If only we had got another eight points", for that could be the diference between success and failure. City are picking up much better results away from Bootham Crescent, so we simply must start winning at home. We cant blame the crowd forever, you only get out of a game what you are prepared to put in to it.
After failing to beat an average AFC Wimbledon team over three games, a point against the second placed club Port Vale has got to be an improvement. Of course not winninig is a worry, despite what GM is saying. At the end of the season its no use saying "If only we had got another eight points", for that could be the diference between success and failure. City are picking up much better results away from Bootham Crescent, so we simply must start winning at home. We cant blame the crowd forever, you only get out of a game what you are prepared to put in to it. OLD - HEAD

2:45pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Aladdinsane says...

Do we not realise that we are in the 4th tier of the football league?? If we had players that never made mistakes, had bad games do you think they would be here? We have to be more realistic about what we can achieve with such a small fan base and a board with limited resources. I doubt that we could survive in league one without more supporters, and if i was a new one would wonder why i came after listening to some of the comments coming from the crowd. Pay your money and get BEHIND the team at home. The away support is amazing at this level. May have something to do with results??
Do we not realise that we are in the 4th tier of the football league?? If we had players that never made mistakes, had bad games do you think they would be here? We have to be more realistic about what we can achieve with such a small fan base and a board with limited resources. I doubt that we could survive in league one without more supporters, and if i was a new one would wonder why i came after listening to some of the comments coming from the crowd. Pay your money and get BEHIND the team at home. The away support is amazing at this level. May have something to do with results?? Aladdinsane

3:44pm Mon 19 Nov 12

CaptainCreosote says...

At last the voice of sanity and reality - well said Aladdinsane
At last the voice of sanity and reality - well said Aladdinsane CaptainCreosote

4:19pm Mon 19 Nov 12

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

Carlisle on loan to Northampton according to City website'

Let's have 3 points on Saturday lads.

COYR
Carlisle on loan to Northampton according to City website' Let's have 3 points on Saturday lads. COYR ADAMCUTHBERT

4:22pm Mon 19 Nov 12

IntelXXX says...

Yeah Official York Website states he has gon out on Loan until Janaury. Strange one he lives up North doesn't he? Maybe wanted to be nearer London to carry out his FA Committments. Saying that do we need him though as we have Smith, Parslow, Doig, Fyefield and Mcguirk who can all play there. I don't think we do
Yeah Official York Website states he has gon out on Loan until Janaury. Strange one he lives up North doesn't he? Maybe wanted to be nearer London to carry out his FA Committments. Saying that do we need him though as we have Smith, Parslow, Doig, Fyefield and Mcguirk who can all play there. I don't think we do IntelXXX

4:22pm Mon 19 Nov 12

paintitred says...

ADAMCUTHBERT wrote:
Carlisle on loan to Northampton according to City website'

Let's have 3 points on Saturday lads.

COYR
thats a wiered move.

but off loads a wage from city.

I doubt he would have come cheap.

Leaves us a little short at the back with only parlsow as cover (while TY gains fitness)

i think Gary Mills will have a replacement lined up though.
[quote][p][bold]ADAMCUTHBERT[/bold] wrote: Carlisle on loan to Northampton according to City website' Let's have 3 points on Saturday lads. COYR[/p][/quote]thats a wiered move. but off loads a wage from city. I doubt he would have come cheap. Leaves us a little short at the back with only parlsow as cover (while TY gains fitness) i think Gary Mills will have a replacement lined up though. paintitred

5:32pm Mon 19 Nov 12

St.clarence says...

paintitred wrote:
ADAMCUTHBERT wrote:
Carlisle on loan to Northampton according to City website'

Let's have 3 points on Saturday lads.

COYR
thats a wiered move.

but off loads a wage from city.

I doubt he would have come cheap.

Leaves us a little short at the back with only parlsow as cover (while TY gains fitness)

i think Gary Mills will have a replacement lined up though.
Don't know when he had time to train,every time I put sky sports news on he seemed to be doing interviews.
Good performance from the boys on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]paintitred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADAMCUTHBERT[/bold] wrote: Carlisle on loan to Northampton according to City website' Let's have 3 points on Saturday lads. COYR[/p][/quote]thats a wiered move. but off loads a wage from city. I doubt he would have come cheap. Leaves us a little short at the back with only parlsow as cover (while TY gains fitness) i think Gary Mills will have a replacement lined up though.[/p][/quote]Don't know when he had time to train,every time I put sky sports news on he seemed to be doing interviews. Good performance from the boys on Saturday. St.clarence

5:58pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Yorkie69 says...

Having been at the game on Saturday, that was a cracking performance against a team who will probably get promoted. 67% possession, more shots on and off target and more corners than Port Vale sums it up. We MUST get behind the team at home. I have never booed a York City team and never will ! We have seen some excellent performances from a team still finding their feet in League 2. GM is an outstanding manager and I wouldn`t be surprised if we in at least play off places at the end of the season.

Regarding Clark Carlisle, I too thought him suspect in defence and gave away needless fouls on the edge of the box, twice, against Wimbledon. The first at home led to an equaliser Wimbledon didn`t deserve. His clearances from defence were just long ball stuff.
Having been at the game on Saturday, that was a cracking performance against a team who will probably get promoted. 67% possession, more shots on and off target and more corners than Port Vale sums it up. We MUST get behind the team at home. I have never booed a York City team and never will ! We have seen some excellent performances from a team still finding their feet in League 2. GM is an outstanding manager and I wouldn`t be surprised if we in at least play off places at the end of the season. Regarding Clark Carlisle, I too thought him suspect in defence and gave away needless fouls on the edge of the box, twice, against Wimbledon. The first at home led to an equaliser Wimbledon didn`t deserve. His clearances from defence were just long ball stuff. Yorkie69

7:23pm Mon 19 Nov 12

bartsimmo says...

Clark who????
Clark who???? bartsimmo

1:00pm Tue 20 Nov 12

TimYCFC says...

Aladdinsane wrote:
Do we not realise that we are in the 4th tier of the football league?? If we had players that never made mistakes, had bad games do you think they would be here? We have to be more realistic about what we can achieve with such a small fan base and a board with limited resources. I doubt that we could survive in league one without more supporters, and if i was a new one would wonder why i came after listening to some of the comments coming from the crowd. Pay your money and get BEHIND the team at home. The away support is amazing at this level. May have something to do with results??
What a relief it is to hear a bit of sense from a City fan after the last week or so.

We are finding our feet in the division and I think the future looks bright for us. I still believe we can go up this season and maybe our points tally isn't showing that but our performances certainly are. Not many teams will get over 60% possession away at Port Vale this season, believe me.

In Mills we have a really top manager who, unfortunately for us, is probably destined for bigger things. Let him get on with his job whilst we've got him without constant moaning and criticism and us fans can get on with ours - SUPPORTING THE TEAM.
[quote][p][bold]Aladdinsane[/bold] wrote: Do we not realise that we are in the 4th tier of the football league?? If we had players that never made mistakes, had bad games do you think they would be here? We have to be more realistic about what we can achieve with such a small fan base and a board with limited resources. I doubt that we could survive in league one without more supporters, and if i was a new one would wonder why i came after listening to some of the comments coming from the crowd. Pay your money and get BEHIND the team at home. The away support is amazing at this level. May have something to do with results??[/p][/quote]What a relief it is to hear a bit of sense from a City fan after the last week or so. We are finding our feet in the division and I think the future looks bright for us. I still believe we can go up this season and maybe our points tally isn't showing that but our performances certainly are. Not many teams will get over 60% possession away at Port Vale this season, believe me. In Mills we have a really top manager who, unfortunately for us, is probably destined for bigger things. Let him get on with his job whilst we've got him without constant moaning and criticism and us fans can get on with ours - SUPPORTING THE TEAM. TimYCFC

1:20pm Tue 20 Nov 12

long distance depressive says...

At some point we will turn all the nice possession into a bucket load of goals. It may as well be against a Torquay side who are struggling just now. Any chance of 5 up this Saturday please?
At some point we will turn all the nice possession into a bucket load of goals. It may as well be against a Torquay side who are struggling just now. Any chance of 5 up this Saturday please? long distance depressive

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