York City manager Gary Mills in game of two halves gripe

York City boss Gary Mills during the 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield

York City boss Gary Mills during the 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield

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YORK City manager Gary Mills blamed a slip in standards for his side’s second-half demise during a 3-0 Boxing Day defeat at Chesterfield.

Goals by Drew Talbot, Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa, all scored after the interval at the Proact Stadium, sealed City’s fate after a promising opening 45 minutes from the visitors in Derbyshire.

The defeat means the mid-table Minstermen are now six points behind Saturday’s hosts Fleetwood, who currently occupy the final play-off position.

Reflecting on the Chesterfield game, Mills said: “Football’s a 90-minute game and you have to play to the level we did during the first 45 minutes for the whole match if you want to get a result in this League, but our standards slipped and we lost our discipline and shape.

“In the first half, we were on our front foot and our shape and ball retention was excellent. There was not an abundance of chances, but I was pleased with how we were doing coming to a side like Chesterfield because we were in their faces.

“We weren’t as good in the second half and that cost us three goals and the game. We were too deep right from the restart and it was disappointing to concede so early in the half.”

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Mills was also unimpressed with the nature of the goals shipped by his team, with an unmarked Talbot netting from six yards following a free-kick and Darikwa’s goal following an under-hit Chris Smith back pass.

“They were poor goals to concede,” Mills complained. “We gave them the third and that was game over then – there was no way back.

“I’d have to look at the first one again because, even though it was a great ball in, their player looks like he’s put it in from inside our six-yard box.”

Mills was, nevertheless, adamant the final outcome could have been different had referee Christopher Sarginson awarded his team a penalty when Jason Walker looked to be dragged down by Liam Cooper just four minutes after Talbot had opened the scoring.

“It looked like a penalty to me,” the City boss claimed. “I was a long way away but Jason says it was and everybody appealed for it.

“I don’t know why the referee had to look over to his assistant because he had a clear view and, if he’d given that penalty, it might have changed the game.”

 

Vale push on as Gillingham fall to Barnet

Port Vale closed the gap on npower League Two leaders Gillingham to two points after triumphing 2-1 at Rotherham.

Vale took the lead when Ryan Burge’s pass fell to Louis Dodds to prod home and soon after Tom Pope added a second, before home substitute Kieran Agard was on target to set up an anxious finish.

Gillingham saw their lead trimmed after losing 1-0 at home to Barnet with Jake Hyde’s first-half strike settling the contest at Priestfield Stadium.

Cheltenham bounced back from their surprise 4-1 defeat at Rochdale with a 4-0 drubbing of Wycombe.

Southend extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a brace from Gavin Tomlin helping them beat Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0.

Bradford remain just adrift of a top-four berth after defeating Accrington Stanley 2-1 thanks to goals from Garry Thompson and Alan Connell.

Oxford made it five games unbeaten with an impressive 3-1 victory at Exeter.

Former York City boss John Ward earned a point on his managerial return to Bristol Rovers after the Pirates left it late to earn a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Aldershot.

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12:57pm Thu 27 Dec 12

johnno65 says...

Any CB's at Middlesbrough or Sunderland fancy coming to us till the end of the season?
Failing that Ian Miller at Grimby, he was fantastic at Darlington good tall CB great leader and chips in with a few goals
Any CB's at Middlesbrough or Sunderland fancy coming to us till the end of the season? Failing that Ian Miller at Grimby, he was fantastic at Darlington good tall CB great leader and chips in with a few goals johnno65
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1:39pm Thu 27 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

Maybe we could see what Lescott or Gallas are doing? Worth a shout. They might fancy 90 minutes every week. They will at least get a good work out in City's leaky defence!!
Maybe we could see what Lescott or Gallas are doing? Worth a shout. They might fancy 90 minutes every week. They will at least get a good work out in City's leaky defence!! old_school_minsterman
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5:22pm Thu 27 Dec 12

OLD - HEAD says...

This is not a new occurence, how man times this season have we seen York City fade out in the second half of a game?. A football match lasts for at least 90 minutes, they must perform for the full game, or suffer this fate.
This is not a new occurence, how man times this season have we seen York City fade out in the second half of a game?. A football match lasts for at least 90 minutes, they must perform for the full game, or suffer this fate. OLD - HEAD
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6:30pm Thu 27 Dec 12

eldewsio says...

3 Things.
Mcgurk didnt go on loan when asked to, so he is on his way in January. Unfair really but if it has to be so be it
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All the Chambers bashers should have seen how he was missed yesterday.

Chris Smith is out of his depth and needs to be on the move back to the conference. We are crying out for a big strong presence at the back to stop teams just lumping it past us, i dont think one team has actually got round the back of us that often. they realise we lack pace at the back and get smith and doig turned.

Not the end of the world yet but Millsy has to realise where the issues are
3 Things. Mcgurk didnt go on loan when asked to, so he is on his way in January. Unfair really but if it has to be so be it . All the Chambers bashers should have seen how he was missed yesterday. Chris Smith is out of his depth and needs to be on the move back to the conference. We are crying out for a big strong presence at the back to stop teams just lumping it past us, i dont think one team has actually got round the back of us that often. they realise we lack pace at the back and get smith and doig turned. Not the end of the world yet but Millsy has to realise where the issues are eldewsio
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6:49pm Thu 27 Dec 12

goreds says...

The back 4 are sruggling with the passing game - left to right and back again then back to Ingham to boot it upfield - we don't seem to link with the midfield - and why is Parslow preferred to Banjo at right back ?
Put Fyfield in front of back four and Challinor to left back - not perfect but opposition have sussed out our weak points .
ps - If we could get our shots on target we would have strolled it against Chestefield
Even at 3-0 we had at least 2 golden chances to score and shot wide.
The back 4 are sruggling with the passing game - left to right and back again then back to Ingham to boot it upfield - we don't seem to link with the midfield - and why is Parslow preferred to Banjo at right back ? Put Fyfield in front of back four and Challinor to left back - not perfect but opposition have sussed out our weak points . ps - If we could get our shots on target we would have strolled it against Chestefield Even at 3-0 we had at least 2 golden chances to score and shot wide. goreds
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11:05pm Thu 27 Dec 12

HorsesHead says...

Much has been said recently about TY McGurk not playing. Something sticks in my mind that when we signed him from Darlington there was an agreement whereby if we got back into the Football League we would have a fee to pay. Perhaps our financial position is such that we can't afford to pay at the moment? Perhaps those "in the know" could enlighten me?
Much has been said recently about TY McGurk not playing. Something sticks in my mind that when we signed him from Darlington there was an agreement whereby if we got back into the Football League we would have a fee to pay. Perhaps our financial position is such that we can't afford to pay at the moment? Perhaps those "in the know" could enlighten me? HorsesHead
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9:31am Fri 28 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

HorsesHead wrote:
Much has been said recently about TY McGurk not playing. Something sticks in my mind that when we signed him from Darlington there was an agreement whereby if we got back into the Football League we would have a fee to pay. Perhaps our financial position is such that we can't afford to pay at the moment? Perhaps those "in the know" could enlighten me?
Haha! Yeah right! I heard he he has a £7.5m clause in his contract like Demba Ba! If thats the case we should be putting him in the shop window!
[quote][p][bold]HorsesHead[/bold] wrote: Much has been said recently about TY McGurk not playing. Something sticks in my mind that when we signed him from Darlington there was an agreement whereby if we got back into the Football League we would have a fee to pay. Perhaps our financial position is such that we can't afford to pay at the moment? Perhaps those "in the know" could enlighten me?[/p][/quote]Haha! Yeah right! I heard he he has a £7.5m clause in his contract like Demba Ba! If thats the case we should be putting him in the shop window! old_school_minsterman
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