York City manager Gary Mills ponders return of Jonathan Smith and Lee Bullock

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DANNY Kearns’ departure from York City could see midfield pair Jonathan Smith and Lee Bullock both return to Bootham Crescent next week.

The npower Championship outfit Peterborough have recalled Kearns from his loan spell with City and Gary Mills could now follow suit by cutting short Smith and Bullock’s temporary stints at Luton and Gateshead respectively.

Neither player can be brought back prior to tomorrow’s clash at Rochdale, however, where Paddy McLaughlin and vice-captain Scott Kerr will come into contention for midfield starting places.

On Kearns’ exit and the possible repercussions for Smith and Bullock, City chief Mills said: “To get the phone call about Kearnsy was a disappointment because he’s been doing well and gave us something a bit different but those are the rules.

“There’s also an option for us to bring back Jonathan Smith on Monday and we could do the same with Bully, who I’m getting good reports about from Gateshead. They are both getting games which is important and it might be time to bring one or both of them back but we will be fine tomorrow.

“We’ve still got options and I made a decision, along with my coaching staff, straight away about who will play instead and we’ve worked on that in training.”

On the prospect of Northern Ireland under-21 skipper McLaughlin starting for the first time in five matches, Mills added: “There’s a possibility Paddy will play. He’s champing at the bit to get back in. He went away with Northern Ireland and I’ve left him out for a couple of games so it might be time to bring him back.”

The City boss also added he had not ruled out bringing Kearns back to North Yorkshire once the transfer window reopens in January, saying: “He’s a quality player who was getting better and better so we will have to see whether he comes back at some stage because, if players of his ability become available again, you want to bring them back.”

On-loan Aldershot striker Alex Rodman, meanwhile, could also be missing at Spotland, along with six-goal top scorer Ashley Chambers with both players having joined fellow forward Oli Johnson in the treatment room.

“We’ve got a little bit of a problem with Ashley Chambers (stomach) and Alex Rodman (hamstring),” Mills revealed.

“Neither of them trained yesterday and they are two wide players so that could be an issue for us because Johnson is still injured as well – I’ve forgotten his first name because it’s been that long since I’ve seen him.

“But, if they’re all unavailable, it just means somebody else getting a chance.”

A recall for £60,000 striker Jason Walker would be one option.

Walker has started on the bench for the last two matches having previously been an ever-present in City’s 2012/13 starting line-ups and Mills said: “Players have to realise that they have jobs to do.

“Jason’s first job is to score goals but his other attributes such as holding the ball up, making life difficult for defenders and linking up with the wide-men and midfielders are also important. He’s got to do that better than he was doing before I left him out and he knows that.”

Despite a run of seven games without a win, Mills insisted the reason for the team’s disappointing sequence of results is one that can be more easily addressed than others.

“When you’re not winning games, you look at reasons why and the main reason is we are not putting our chances away,” the City manager reiterated.

“That has to be one of the most positive reasons you can have for not winning games and, as I’ve said before, there’s no major crisis. Our shape could be better when we haven’t got the ball and that could be the second explanation, behind not taking our chances, for not winning games.

“But there could be a lot more concerning reasons such as a lack of form, poor passing or our final ball not being good enough and nothing has changed for me. We’ve played well this season and should have had more wins but we’ve got to get back to putting those balls in the back of the net.

“We are 19 games in and we’ve got our game in hand on most teams tomorrow so it’s an important match. We are sitting 17th but are just six points behind Rochdale, who are eighth.

“That shows how close things are but it’s all right talking about if we win, we have to start winning.”

Having failed to win a single game during the club’s charity efforts for Movember, Mills also joked he will be pleased to his see players clean shaven for the first day of the new month.

He said: “I can’t wait to get rid of the moustaches. Maybe they are the real reason why we’ve had a bad November.”

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11:43am Fri 30 Nov 12

skilly says...

Knew there was a reason for the poor run of results, those blasted moustaches! These enforced changes maybe the shake up we need, hope Paddy gets a start and get Walker back on the pitch from the off. Need to keep playing to our principles and get the 3 points. COYR
Knew there was a reason for the poor run of results, those blasted moustaches! These enforced changes maybe the shake up we need, hope Paddy gets a start and get Walker back on the pitch from the off. Need to keep playing to our principles and get the 3 points. COYR skilly
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1:19pm Fri 30 Nov 12

SamYCFC says...

Get smith back. An on form smith is what we need right now.

Please drop chris smith. He's been absolutely worthless lately. Worse than parslow! That's saying something.

Team for tomorrow.
Ingham
Banjo Mcgurk doig Fyfield
rodman kerr paddy
Blair reed chambers.
Get smith back. An on form smith is what we need right now. Please drop chris smith. He's been absolutely worthless lately. Worse than parslow! That's saying something. Team for tomorrow. Ingham Banjo Mcgurk doig Fyfield rodman kerr paddy Blair reed chambers. SamYCFC
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1:23pm Fri 30 Nov 12

TimYCFC says...

Can anybody who gets to more games than I can tell me why McLaughlin hasn't been in the team anyway ? Kearns looked very good every time I saw him play but Paddy is a very good player too so I for one will be very glad to see him back in the starting XI
Can anybody who gets to more games than I can tell me why McLaughlin hasn't been in the team anyway ? Kearns looked very good every time I saw him play but Paddy is a very good player too so I for one will be very glad to see him back in the starting XI TimYCFC
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1:30pm Fri 30 Nov 12

ycfcfooker says...

SamYCFC wrote:
Get smith back. An on form smith is what we need right now.

Please drop chris smith. He's been absolutely worthless lately. Worse than parslow! That's saying something.

Team for tomorrow.
Ingham
Banjo Mcgurk doig Fyfield
rodman kerr paddy
Blair reed chambers.
What? No walker? Not reed please! Game of opinions and all that jumpers for goal posts

Rather

Good show carry on
[quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Get smith back. An on form smith is what we need right now. Please drop chris smith. He's been absolutely worthless lately. Worse than parslow! That's saying something. Team for tomorrow. Ingham Banjo Mcgurk doig Fyfield rodman kerr paddy Blair reed chambers.[/p][/quote]What? No walker? Not reed please! Game of opinions and all that jumpers for goal posts Rather Good show carry on ycfcfooker
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2:42pm Fri 30 Nov 12

haxbyreds says...

We def need smith back
We def need smith back haxbyreds
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3:13pm Fri 30 Nov 12

openallhours says...

We always knew that Kearns would leave, so it could be a blessing that he's gone earlier as it gives us more time to get other players involved and gelling together.

Hope it's not postponed as we need to get out there and try and get some more points on the board.
We always knew that Kearns would leave, so it could be a blessing that he's gone earlier as it gives us more time to get other players involved and gelling together. Hope it's not postponed as we need to get out there and try and get some more points on the board. openallhours
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3:43pm Fri 30 Nov 12

YorkCityLuke says...

TimYCFC wrote:
Can anybody who gets to more games than I can tell me why McLaughlin hasn't been in the team anyway ? Kearns looked very good every time I saw him play but Paddy is a very good player too so I for one will be very glad to see him back in the starting XI
He had a run of a few pretty poor games in late october. I like Paddy too though, so hopefully he will make the most of his (forced) return and show Mills what he can really do.
[quote][p][bold]TimYCFC[/bold] wrote: Can anybody who gets to more games than I can tell me why McLaughlin hasn't been in the team anyway ? Kearns looked very good every time I saw him play but Paddy is a very good player too so I for one will be very glad to see him back in the starting XI[/p][/quote]He had a run of a few pretty poor games in late october. I like Paddy too though, so hopefully he will make the most of his (forced) return and show Mills what he can really do. YorkCityLuke
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4:04pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Budgie says...

Whats up with Johnson, he is always injured,he is a waste of space.
Whats up with Johnson, he is always injured,he is a waste of space. Budgie
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4:29pm Fri 30 Nov 12

heartbreaker says...

I'd give Potts a chance in midfield. His chance to shine with 3 midfielders (Kearns / J smith / Bullock) who are all ahead of him all not available. Also time to recall McGurk and drop C Smith for a few games. My line up :

Ingham
Oyebanjo McGurk Doig Fyfield
Potts Kerr McLaughlin
Blair Walker Chambers (or Rodman / Reed depending on injuries)

More likely though Parlsow or Challinor will be given a start though.
I'd give Potts a chance in midfield. His chance to shine with 3 midfielders (Kearns / J smith / Bullock) who are all ahead of him all not available. Also time to recall McGurk and drop C Smith for a few games. My line up : Ingham Oyebanjo McGurk Doig Fyfield Potts Kerr McLaughlin Blair Walker Chambers (or Rodman / Reed depending on injuries) More likely though Parlsow or Challinor will be given a start though. heartbreaker
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5:32pm Fri 30 Nov 12

OLD - HEAD says...

The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects.
The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects. OLD - HEAD
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5:53pm Fri 30 Nov 12

YO1 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects.
That's a bit harsh Old Head. I've heard GM stop a few daft comments dead at these events and it's safe to say he doesn't suffer fools gladly. Whenever I've met him he's been friendly and prepared to give his time.

The man is a born leader and you only have to see the shock and disbelief on his face at the final whistle at Wembley to see how much City going up meant to him. I would imagine he's been sounded out for other jobs on a few occasions and the short memories of some fans will be eroding his loyalty to this club.

If I was him, I'd be thinking I've given my all for these people and soon as the chips are down they turn. Born losers!
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects.[/p][/quote]That's a bit harsh Old Head. I've heard GM stop a few daft comments dead at these events and it's safe to say he doesn't suffer fools gladly. Whenever I've met him he's been friendly and prepared to give his time. The man is a born leader and you only have to see the shock and disbelief on his face at the final whistle at Wembley to see how much City going up meant to him. I would imagine he's been sounded out for other jobs on a few occasions and the short memories of some fans will be eroding his loyalty to this club. If I was him, I'd be thinking I've given my all for these people and soon as the chips are down they turn. Born losers! YO1
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7:38pm Fri 30 Nov 12

ycfcfooker says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects.
Agreed. He can change though I'm sure
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects.[/p][/quote]Agreed. He can change though I'm sure ycfcfooker
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8:00pm Fri 30 Nov 12

YorkCityLuke says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects.
He has to be stubborn and proud, the manager is the dictator of the team and he needs to stick to his own guns first and foremost. There are things I would personally change about the team, but given that Mills got us promoted and won us a trophy less than 6 months ago, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt!
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The fans team predictions are interesting to read. But anyone who has had the pleasure of attending " A night with Gary Mills", will know that this stubborn/self centered man will only do his own thing. So everyone will have to wait and see who his lordship selects.[/p][/quote]He has to be stubborn and proud, the manager is the dictator of the team and he needs to stick to his own guns first and foremost. There are things I would personally change about the team, but given that Mills got us promoted and won us a trophy less than 6 months ago, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt! YorkCityLuke
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8:17pm Fri 30 Nov 12

You're Fired says...

SamYCFC wrote:
Get smith back. An on form smith is what we need right now.

Please drop chris smith. He's been absolutely worthless lately. Worse than parslow! That's saying something.

Team for tomorrow.
Ingham
Banjo Mcgurk doig Fyfield
rodman kerr paddy
Blair reed chambers.
You obviously weren't at Port Vale, I'm not C.Smith's biggest fan but he earns us a point late on on 2 occasions that day.

On a different note, forgive me as I've only supported City for 20 of my 26 years so I don't qualify for the "middle-age moaners club" that are at every home game and most away, they seem to have something against Gary Mills, is he the same bloke that got us out of the conference? The league that many, many others contributed to taking us to and failing to get us out
of! Some people have unbelievably short memories! I hear Chambers getting slated every week, he's our top scorer! Admittedly he's out of form but if ever there was a player who needed confidence not 3000 people on his back, it's Ash! We have a number of players who, unfortunately, are conference players, I'm sure Mills will rectify this at the end of the season. We'll stay up, we just need EVERYONE behind the team. See you all at Rochdale tomorrow.

Team

Ingham

Challinor, any 2 centre halves (none of them are good enough) Fyfield

Blair, Kerr, Paddy, Banjo, (need J Smith back in midfield)

Walker Reed
[quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Get smith back. An on form smith is what we need right now. Please drop chris smith. He's been absolutely worthless lately. Worse than parslow! That's saying something. Team for tomorrow. Ingham Banjo Mcgurk doig Fyfield rodman kerr paddy Blair reed chambers.[/p][/quote]You obviously weren't at Port Vale, I'm not C.Smith's biggest fan but he earns us a point late on on 2 occasions that day. On a different note, forgive me as I've only supported City for 20 of my 26 years so I don't qualify for the "middle-age moaners club" that are at every home game and most away, they seem to have something against Gary Mills, is he the same bloke that got us out of the conference? The league that many, many others contributed to taking us to and failing to get us out of! Some people have unbelievably short memories! I hear Chambers getting slated every week, he's our top scorer! Admittedly he's out of form but if ever there was a player who needed confidence not 3000 people on his back, it's Ash! We have a number of players who, unfortunately, are conference players, I'm sure Mills will rectify this at the end of the season. We'll stay up, we just need EVERYONE behind the team. See you all at Rochdale tomorrow. Team Ingham Challinor, any 2 centre halves (none of them are good enough) Fyfield Blair, Kerr, Paddy, Banjo, (need J Smith back in midfield) Walker Reed You're Fired
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8:45pm Fri 30 Nov 12

centre midfield says...

A bit since last posted,
frustrated with GM (like many others) with his Team selections, Tactics, playing players out of position etc. To start with we need a solid but creative Midfield with genuine Midfielders eg. Kerr, Paddy, JSmith(Get him back like yesterday), Pottsy as cover and get them 15 yards further up field, we,ve been playing too deep, (that's what you get playing Defenders in Midfield).
Blair up front but closer to Walker/Reed/Chambers
.
What about 3 Centre Backs ? Doig, Smith & Parslow/McGurk & 2 free to attack Wing Backs Banjo & Fyfield (How much do we miss Meredith?)
And get it on the floor and give it time to work. If it was only that simple.
A bit since last posted, frustrated with GM (like many others) with his Team selections, Tactics, playing players out of position etc. To start with we need a solid but creative Midfield with genuine Midfielders eg. Kerr, Paddy, JSmith(Get him back like yesterday), Pottsy as cover and get them 15 yards further up field, we,ve been playing too deep, (that's what you get playing Defenders in Midfield). Blair up front but closer to Walker/Reed/Chambers . What about 3 Centre Backs ? Doig, Smith & Parslow/McGurk & 2 free to attack Wing Backs Banjo & Fyfield (How much do we miss Meredith?) And get it on the floor and give it time to work. If it was only that simple. centre midfield
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12:52am Sat 1 Dec 12

redbluelion says...

lose today and we really will be in crisis not scoring goals..and conceding way too many tell us..so mr mills you can't expect us to put up with this form forever either get it sorted or step aside and let someone else sort it..we can't keep reflecting on whats past..football like everything else in life moves on..
lose today and we really will be in crisis not scoring goals..and conceding way too many tell us..so mr mills you can't expect us to put up with this form forever either get it sorted or step aside and let someone else sort it..we can't keep reflecting on whats past..football like everything else in life moves on.. redbluelion
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8:39am Sat 1 Dec 12

RooBeck says...

Trips across the Pennines seem to suit us!! Danny Kearns did very well for us and he looks to have a great future but let's re-group now and retain the self-belief/conidenc
e that we are in this league through our footballing abilities and other than the poor performance against AFC Wimbledon, there has been no opposition we have been out of our depth with and on another day, could well have beaten a few more teams than we have! The Dale will be a good test today and I would go for- Inghy, Oyebanjo, Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Parslow, Kerr, MacLaughlin, Rodman(if fit), Walker and Blair. COYR.
Trips across the Pennines seem to suit us!! Danny Kearns did very well for us and he looks to have a great future but let's re-group now and retain the self-belief/conidenc e that we are in this league through our footballing abilities and other than the poor performance against AFC Wimbledon, there has been no opposition we have been out of our depth with and on another day, could well have beaten a few more teams than we have! The Dale will be a good test today and I would go for- Inghy, Oyebanjo, Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Parslow, Kerr, MacLaughlin, Rodman(if fit), Walker and Blair. COYR. RooBeck
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8:59am Sat 1 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

^ don't mind that team
^ don't mind that team ycfcfooker
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9:18am Sat 1 Dec 12

Some old bloke says...

Glad to report that the weather's improved slightly over here in North Manchester so hopefully the game will go ahead. Forecast is 3 degrees but feeling like zero, so if you've followed Scott Kerr's advice and 'grown a pair' make sure you wrap them up well.
Glad to report that the weather's improved slightly over here in North Manchester so hopefully the game will go ahead. Forecast is 3 degrees but feeling like zero, so if you've followed Scott Kerr's advice and 'grown a pair' make sure you wrap them up well. Some old bloke
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9:57am Sat 1 Dec 12

uhtred says...

Some old bloke wrote:
Glad to report that the weather's improved slightly over here in North Manchester so hopefully the game will go ahead. Forecast is 3 degrees but feeling like zero, so if you've followed Scott Kerr's advice and 'grown a pair' make sure you wrap them up well.
yeah, it's enogh to freeze them off a brass monkey!
[quote][p][bold]Some old bloke[/bold] wrote: Glad to report that the weather's improved slightly over here in North Manchester so hopefully the game will go ahead. Forecast is 3 degrees but feeling like zero, so if you've followed Scott Kerr's advice and 'grown a pair' make sure you wrap them up well.[/p][/quote]yeah, it's enogh to freeze them off a brass monkey! uhtred
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4:14pm Sat 1 Dec 12

heartbreaker says...

Told you it was Potts' time to shine :)
Told you it was Potts' time to shine :) heartbreaker
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