York City not opting for safety-first policy

York City’s  management trio of, far right,  manager Gary Mills, centre, coach Des Lyttle, and, near right, assistant  manager  Darron Gee

York City’s management trio of, far right, manager Gary Mills, centre, coach Des Lyttle, and, near right, assistant manager Darron Gee

First published in Sport

YORK City are refusing to opt for a safety-first policy despite now being closer to the League Two relegation zone than the play-off places.

Prior to tomorrow’s away match at Wycombe Wanderers, the 18th-placed Minstermen are eight points clear of the bottom two places, which is one fewer than the gap to the top-seven positions.

Wycombe and last week’s 4-1 conquerors Morecambe are among the clubs who have recently climbed above City with the managers of both those sides still insisting that preserving their team’s Football League status remains their primary objective for 2012/3.

Even after Monday’s 1-0 win at title contenders Gillingham – a result that moved Wycombe ten points clear of the drop zone – Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth insisted: “People keep looking above and seeing who we can catch.

“I keep looking below and want to keep us pushing further and further away from that bottom two.

“That was my aim when I took over and that’s still my aim. I’ll keep striving to get away from that bottom two.”

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley echoed those sentiments when last weekend’s win lifted his team into the top half of the table.

However, City’s assistant manager Darron Gee does not believe in setting too modest targets for players.

He said: “Everybody wants to secure their place in the division but you don’t want to settle for that. I think it’s dangerous to say to players that we want to achieve safety first.

“Like Wycombe, Morecambe said their aim was to get to a number of points that would then allow them to relax from there. But we think you always need an incentive to achieve and kick on so, yes, we want to be playing League Two football next season but, equally, we are still not far off those play-off positions.”

Despite having not picked up maximum points since a 3-0 New Year’s Day home win over Burton more than a month ago, Gee is also calling for calmness with 16 games still left.

He added: “People are saying we haven’t won for five games but we’ve only lost two in that time. If you make too much of these things, it can bring added pressure on players and everybody.

“If we look at the performances, we have been unlucky not to come away with three points from some of the games. I saw a good quote from Sam Allardyce the other day when he said West Ham had won just one of their last 11 games but they had not panicked because their performances did not warrant that run and that helped them beat Swansea last weekend.”

Gee also suggested City would take a cautious approach to recruiting any new players now the loan window has reopened for business, saying: “We would have liked to have brought a couple more players in permanently before the window closed but we can bring loan players in now.

“You have to be careful with loan players at this stage of the season though. They have to come in and embrace what we are trying to do and it’s not just about their ability but their mental strength as well.

“It comes down to whether they are going to roll their sleeves up and get on with things in the same manner as the other players.”

Jamie Reed and Lee Bullock will be in contention at Wycombe, meanwhile, despite their transfer requests.

“One club came in for Lee but it wasn’t quite the right move,” Gee revealed. “Jamie has been told he’s still an important member of the squad and we expect him to conduct himself in the right way while he’s here, which both him and Lee are doing.”

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12:00pm Fri 8 Feb 13

redbluelion says...

Looks like 3 wise monkeys to me..mills knows best,sod what all the fans think my team will continue to play to his way and his way only..well Mr Mills this season is fast going from one of hope to now one of pure Desperation to stay in the league and its all your fault.
Looks like 3 wise monkeys to me..mills knows best,sod what all the fans think my team will continue to play to his way and his way only..well Mr Mills this season is fast going from one of hope to now one of pure Desperation to stay in the league and its all your fault. redbluelion
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12:19pm Fri 8 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

Good. A manager with more ambition and heart than most of his fans - exactly what we need for success.
Good. A manager with more ambition and heart than most of his fans - exactly what we need for success. YorkCityLuke
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2:14pm Fri 8 Feb 13

bill bailey says...

Not being interviewed ,not well, is he getting interviewed down the road,
cant remember GEE,doing GMs job on the radio before.
Not being interviewed ,not well, is he getting interviewed down the road, cant remember GEE,doing GMs job on the radio before. bill bailey
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3:23pm Fri 8 Feb 13

OLD - HEAD says...

If ever we needed a win its tomorrow. Obviously Wycombe are going to be the favourites with eight wins from their last twelve matches. They were really impressive in Mondays televised game against Gillingham. I am certainly not confident, but I am hopeful that we can get at least one point.
If ever we needed a win its tomorrow. Obviously Wycombe are going to be the favourites with eight wins from their last twelve matches. They were really impressive in Mondays televised game against Gillingham. I am certainly not confident, but I am hopeful that we can get at least one point. OLD - HEAD
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3:27pm Fri 8 Feb 13

richardofyork says...

Things are looking up with Chambers coming back and Coulson on the way back - soon we can be the side that we were at the start of the season. I wonder who come in for Bullock, Gateshead again or Harrogate maybe?
Things are looking up with Chambers coming back and Coulson on the way back - soon we can be the side that we were at the start of the season. I wonder who come in for Bullock, Gateshead again or Harrogate maybe? richardofyork
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6:58pm Fri 8 Feb 13

neutral observer 2 says...

More doom and floom , we could be bottom .
We will get the required points and and next season.
More doom and floom , we could be bottom . We will get the required points and and next season. neutral observer 2
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10:02pm Fri 8 Feb 13

skilly says...

Sensible words from Darron. Its their job to shield the players from criticism and install confidence in them even when results are not going our way. I believe we can go and win tomorrow, a scrappy 1-0 will do. The players need to step up and give us some cheer tomorrow. Would be a huge lift before Gillingham.
Sensible words from Darron. Its their job to shield the players from criticism and install confidence in them even when results are not going our way. I believe we can go and win tomorrow, a scrappy 1-0 will do. The players need to step up and give us some cheer tomorrow. Would be a huge lift before Gillingham. skilly
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