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  • "I can only assume that the people posting Mills out on here haven't been watching City for the last twenty years, including the awful ones in the Conference. The fickle nature of some fans is incredible - yes we're not playing at the top of our game, and our home form in particular is disappointing. But seriously to call for the head of the man who finally rescued us from non league obscurity, half way through our first season back in the football league is beyond a joke - fortunately I can only assume the Board (and the majority of City fans) do possess what many posters on here don't appear to - an ounce or two of common sense. Mills will get it right, he's proved that time and time again, and if we can consolidate our place in this league this season, and for a few more to come then that will be a job well done. Every week I still hear comments in the ground that we're playing too much 'tippy-tappy' stuff, or 'just get it forward'. That may have been a fine tactic in the 1950's but I'd rather we stick with what Mills has proved works now. I know football has become more and more short term focussed, but the memories of many City fans appear to be akin to that of goldfish..."
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York City punished for poor finishing - Mills

York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham is heckled by the visiting Morecambe supporters after missing his kick and allowing Kevin Ellison to score in  an empty net and give his side a 2-1 lead.

York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham is heckled by the visiting Morecambe supporters after missing his kick and allowing Kevin Ellison to score in an empty net and give his side a 2-1 lead.

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City manager Gary Mills believes poor finishing is blighting his team’s League Two campaign.

The Minstermen went down 4-1 at home to Morecambe on Saturday with Mills left reflecting on the failure of Paddy McLaughlin and Dan Parslow to take second-half chances when the scores were still level.

Jason Walker’s penalty had earlier cancelled out Lewis Alessandra’s 23rd-minute opening goal for the visitors.

But, after McLaughlin saw a 15-yard shot saved and a Parslow effort was cleared off the line by Kevin Ellison, Morecambe went on to secure an emphatic win.

Ellison profited from a Michael Ingham mistake on 74 minutes to put the Shrimps back in front.

Substitute Jack Redshaw then put the game beyond doubt with two late strikes and a disappointed Mills said: “The quality of our finishing has been our downfall this season and cost us the 4-1 scoreline that flattered them.

“At 1-1, we had two unbelievable chances to get the next goal but we did not take them and, at the level we are playing, if you don’t take your chances and you make mistakes, you get punished.”

Ingham’s error was compounded by more poor home play for Redshaw’s goals and, on his team’s defensive efforts, Mills added: “You can’t legislate for your ’keeper doing a complete air shot to go 2-1 down and their fourth goal when their lad got between our two centre-halves was diabolical.

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“The last 20 minutes were awful because it was another game we should have got something out of.

“It was too easy for them to score and that’s disappointing.

“It was a bad day for us but we have to move on and I have to pick the right side to get us the right result at Wycombe on Saturday.”

Mills also defended his decision to throw centre-back Chris Smith forward for the last ten minutes with his team trailing 2-1, preferring his captain in attack to striker Jamie Reed who was left on the bench.

“When we are behind, Chris Smith does that well,” Mills said of his skipper’s attacking thrust.

“He gives us another option up there and wins flick-ons and I would do the same if I had to make the decision again.”

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