YORK City boss Gary Mills has admitted that getting away from Bootham Crescent might be an advantage for his relegation-fighting team this weekend.
The Minstermen have won all of their last three matches on the road at Macclesfield (3-1), Chester (2-0) and Solihull (2-1).
But, with the stakes intensifying, Mills’ team have come unstuck in front of their own fans during back-to-back defeats against Bromley (0-2) and Wrexham (1-3).
Commenting on that contrast, Mills said: “We’ve got to produce another away performance like we have been doing, whether that’s through attacking football or being solid at the back and putting our bodies on the line.
“You can feel the atmosphere around our ground at the moment and it’s different away from home but, sometimes, you can’t help that.
“Even though I don’t like using the word, we’re all desperate to get the amount of points we need to be safe and I think, when we concede a goal at home, the fans are only human and they react to the situation.
“Ideally, when the opposition score, that’s the time we need them to be vocal and behind the team, but I know it’s difficult, because it’s an accumulation of what’s happened here over the last couple of years.”
Woking beat Mills’ former club Wrexham 2-0 back in September when he was in the visitors’ dugout and current City pair Sean Newton and Hamza Bencherif were also on Dragons’ duty.
Fabio Saraiva and Luke Chike Kandi were the marksmen that day and, on the threat posed by the Surrey side, Mills added: “They haven’t lost any of their last four games and they’ve had a couple of penalties that have helped them win their last two games, which all teams in our situation are hoping for.
“They now know that, if they beat us, they will be safe, but we know, if we beat them, like was the case at Solihull on Good Friday, we will go above them and we know how important that is.
“Whatever way, we want to be out of that bottom four at the end of the game.”
The City boss also reasoned that the form of his team, who have won six of their last ten league matches, means people are expecting the club to claw their way out of trouble, rather than hoping that will be the case and he stressed: “Expectation probably lost me my job before and you’ve got to handle it the right way.”