Cool it plea by Mills as York City ire gets higher

York City boss Gary Mills

York City boss Gary Mills

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GARY Mills has called for calmness ahead of back-to-back home games at Bootham Crescent.

The Minstermen entertain high-flying Gillingham tonight and then play host to a Barnet team at the opposite end of the table on Saturday.

But, following a run of six games without a win which has culminated in back-to-back heavy defeats against Morecambe (4-1) and Wycombe (4-0), Mills is appealing for supporters, who witnessed the club tumble out of the Football League in 2004 after failing to win any of their last 20 games, not to fret by drawing comparisons with the current situation.

Correcting a comment he made in the aftermath of the Adams Park defeat, Mills insisted: “We’re not in a mess.

“We’ve lost a couple of matches but we’re not bottom of the League. We are seven points above the relegation zone.

“People have got to calm down a little bit. If we pick up three points tonight, we will be close to the top half of the table.

“That’s the position we are in. We could move up four places and be ten points clear of the bottom two if we beat Gillingham.

“A lot of people are talking about Wycombe doing well, and yes they are on a good run, but if we had beaten them on Saturday, we would have gone above them.

“That’s how tight it still is and it’s all about us winning the next game, not worrying about what happened nine years ago or about playing against Barnet on Saturday. We’ve got to look at beating Gillingham, not backwards or anything beyond.”

Mills admitted, however, that his comments must now be supported by winning performances on the field.

“I can’t reassure people with words,” he confessed. “Anybody can talk the talk but you’ve got to walk the walk and back up the words with actions.

“We’ve got to go and get results and do our talking on the field. We’ve not won enough football matches of late and have got to make sure we start winning again.”

Last season’s two-time Wembley winner Mills went on to add that he would not be walking away from the job despite far from constructive criticism from one travelling fan at Wycombe.

“When I went over to clap the fans on Saturday, one supporter stuck two fingers up at me and told me what that meant but I won’t be doing that,” the City manager said with defiance.

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12:36pm Tue 12 Feb 13

neutral observer 2 says...

I wouldnt worry about it Gary.
A freeloader just lost his free tickets to home matches, with Reed leaving.
We've seen worse at BC, its just been a season or so, and people have short memories.
I wouldnt worry about it Gary. A freeloader just lost his free tickets to home matches, with Reed leaving. We've seen worse at BC, its just been a season or so, and people have short memories. neutral observer 2
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1:08pm Tue 12 Feb 13

valduggan says...

The fan who raised 2 fingers to Gary Mills on Saturday should hang his head in shame! After last season's acheivements & despite our current plight GM's deserves better than this. I will apologise to GM on behalf of YC fans, as I doubt he will. (No i wasn't there on Saturday, but have seen all our home games this season). There is no place for this disrespect towards a manager who will always deserve great credit & respect from all YC fans. Let's get behind Garry & the team & hope that our latest loan signings kick start the remainder of our season.

Val Duggan, Season Ticket holder - many years.
The fan who raised 2 fingers to Gary Mills on Saturday should hang his head in shame! After last season's acheivements & despite our current plight GM's deserves better than this. I will apologise to GM on behalf of YC fans, as I doubt he will. (No i wasn't there on Saturday, but have seen all our home games this season). There is no place for this disrespect towards a manager who will always deserve great credit & respect from all YC fans. Let's get behind Garry & the team & hope that our latest loan signings kick start the remainder of our season. Val Duggan, Season Ticket holder - many years. valduggan
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1:45pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Ycfc85 says...

Well said Val
Well said Val Ycfc85
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1:46pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Ycfc85 says...

Well said Val
Well said Val Ycfc85
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1:54pm Tue 12 Feb 13

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

Ycfc85 wrote:
Well said Val
'here here'
[quote][p][bold]Ycfc85[/bold] wrote: Well said Val[/p][/quote]'here here' ADAMCUTHBERT
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2:24pm Tue 12 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

absolutely Val, well said. i know this is an extreme example after this was just 1 'supporter' but lets not have the disgraceful scenes that we've witnessed at places like blackburn (steve kean) and chelsea (benitez) where the fans are more intent on slating the manager than supporting their players.
absolutely Val, well said. i know this is an extreme example after this was just 1 'supporter' but lets not have the disgraceful scenes that we've witnessed at places like blackburn (steve kean) and chelsea (benitez) where the fans are more intent on slating the manager than supporting their players. rogue84
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3:03pm Tue 12 Feb 13

YoRkIe59 says...

im not disagreeing with Gary on if we win tonight we will be only just below half way up the league,the trouble is weve been saying that for it seems so long,if we win today we,ll be just so many points off the play off places or only so many points off whatever,bearing in mind the toughness of tonights game and maybe in a different kind of way saturdays i just desperatlely hope sooner rather than later we get the win we so badly need.i hope that if the effort is there from the players if not always coming off the fans will get behind the team as they need.
im not disagreeing with Gary on if we win tonight we will be only just below half way up the league,the trouble is weve been saying that for it seems so long,if we win today we,ll be just so many points off the play off places or only so many points off whatever,bearing in mind the toughness of tonights game and maybe in a different kind of way saturdays i just desperatlely hope sooner rather than later we get the win we so badly need.i hope that if the effort is there from the players if not always coming off the fans will get behind the team as they need. YoRkIe59
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3:38pm Tue 12 Feb 13

YoRkIe59 says...

one other puzzler.headline of one story Mills lets stick together and sort out this mess in the other story he quotes we arn,t in a mess,id just like to know are we in a mess or arn,t we?.
one other puzzler.headline of one story Mills lets stick together and sort out this mess in the other story he quotes we arn,t in a mess,id just like to know are we in a mess or arn,t we?. YoRkIe59
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3:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

yorkiemike says...

Agree with the above.It`s no use slagging the manager in this situation.I`m sure he doesn`t like it any more than we do.
I`ve seen some of these morons at away games,fortunately they are few in number and usually have had a skinful of ale and hurl abuse at everyone if things are not going right.They need to live in the real world and realise life is full of ups and downs, even in football.
Tonight is going to be interesting to say the least!Let`s get behind the team and GM.
Agree with the above.It`s no use slagging the manager in this situation.I`m sure he doesn`t like it any more than we do. I`ve seen some of these morons at away games,fortunately they are few in number and usually have had a skinful of ale and hurl abuse at everyone if things are not going right.They need to live in the real world and realise life is full of ups and downs, even in football. Tonight is going to be interesting to say the least!Let`s get behind the team and GM. yorkiemike
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