Minstermen’s ‘big mouth’ Chris Smith strikes again

CHRIS Smith’s “big mouth” persuaded York City manager Gary Mills to make him captain on his return to Bootham Crescent.

The 29-year-old defender was installed as City skipper for Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Kidderminster Harriers after rejoining the club on loan from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Mansfield.

Smith, pictured, also donned the armband for Mills when the pair worked together at Tamworth with the Minstermen chief a big fan of his organisational skills.

About Smith’s suitability to the role, Mills said: “Making him my skipper might have raised a few eyebrows because he’s just come into the club but I did it because I know what he’s capable of and he organised the team superbly.

“I felt we needed somebody on the pitch to organise with a big mouth, and both him and David McGurk were outstanding, along with the full-backs and goalkeeper.

“We’ve been crying out for a clean sheet and we want more because you don’t lose matches then.”

Smith has succeeded Michael Ingham as captain, with Mills admitting that he prefers outfield candidates to take on the responsibility.

The City boss added: “I’m not a fan of goalkeeping captains and that’s no disrespect to Michael Ingham. He took the decision on the chin with no problems.

“I believe it also helps if the skipper is a centre-half or midfielder because they are closer to everything on the field and it’s easier for them to get their messages across.”

Mills reverted to his favoured 4-3-3 formation at Aggborough and was pleased with how his players adapted to the tactical switch, saying: “We worked on it all week and it’s a credit to the players that they listened and took it all in.

“We will work on it again in training next week to get better, but Saturday was a benchmark and it’s pleasing to get that in my second game. It’s amazing what difference winning a game of football can have at a football club and everybody is smiling again.”

David McDermott was employed in an anchoring midfield role after being re-signed by Mills and the City boss was pleased with his performance as well, saying: “We didn’t bring him back with that position in mind particularly, but I know he’s a good footballer who keeps hold of the ball and can pass it.

“He does that well. I looked at who I had at the club and thought he was the best man to play there.”

Duane Courtney and Neil Barrett were left out of Mills’ 18-man squad, while Peter Till was absent with a foot injury. But Chris Carruthers was introduced as an 81st-minute substitute having been sidelined since August with a knee injury.

About his return, Mills added: “He got a big roar from the fans when he came on, so he’s obviously been popular in the past and it was good to have him back.”

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9:51pm Mon 25 Oct 10

PDH says...

As mentioned on other post's if we had lost there would have been loads of posts about how c-a- we are, but a win only brings a few, such is life?
Also can't belive that after all mills comment's about leaders on the field nobody twigged (or commented) that by bringing in smith he would be made captain. Yes i have been very quiet myself due to all the abuse and stick i recieved, causing me to be afraid to air my views, boo whooo, but i am now starting to recover and belive again, and can again hear those words when i failed my 11+
"KEEP THE FAITH"
PDH
As mentioned on other post's if we had lost there would have been loads of posts about how c-a- we are, but a win only brings a few, such is life? Also can't belive that after all mills comment's about leaders on the field nobody twigged (or commented) that by bringing in smith he would be made captain. Yes i have been very quiet myself due to all the abuse and stick i recieved, causing me to be afraid to air my views, boo whooo, but i am now starting to recover and belive again, and can again hear those words when i failed my 11+ "KEEP THE FAITH" PDH PDH

10:04am Tue 26 Oct 10

OLD - HEAD says...

At least Gary Mills had the courage to change the captain. No disrespect to Michael Ingham, but you really do need an outfield player as skipper. We are definately not out of the woods yet, but this is at least a positive step forward. The next task will be to try and offload some of Martin Foyles dodgy signings.
At least Gary Mills had the courage to change the captain. No disrespect to Michael Ingham, but you really do need an outfield player as skipper. We are definately not out of the woods yet, but this is at least a positive step forward. The next task will be to try and offload some of Martin Foyles dodgy signings. OLD - HEAD

10:37am Tue 26 Oct 10

tubbsbezzie says...

York City are currently tracking Alvechurch striker Charisma Agbonlahor as Gary Mills looks to bolster is attacking options in January with Leon Constantine going the other way!!!!!!!
You heard it here first,
Up the City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!
York City are currently tracking Alvechurch striker Charisma Agbonlahor as Gary Mills looks to bolster is attacking options in January with Leon Constantine going the other way!!!!!!! You heard it here first, Up the City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! tubbsbezzie

10:51am Tue 26 Oct 10

AdHolmes says...

tubbsbezzie wrote:
York City are currently tracking Alvechurch striker Charisma Agbonlahor as Gary Mills looks to bolster is attacking options in January with Leon Constantine going the other way!!!!!!!
You heard it here first,
Up the City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!
Source?
|
Also - Ben Futcher is available for loan we can reveal with Lincoln City, Macclesfield, Fleetwood and York looking to be leading the chase.
[quote][p][bold]tubbsbezzie[/bold] wrote: York City are currently tracking Alvechurch striker Charisma Agbonlahor as Gary Mills looks to bolster is attacking options in January with Leon Constantine going the other way!!!!!!! You heard it here first, Up the City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Source? | Also - Ben Futcher is available for loan we can reveal with Lincoln City, Macclesfield, Fleetwood and York looking to be leading the chase. AdHolmes

10:58am Tue 26 Oct 10

long distance depressive says...

Interesting rumour re. Agbonlahor, will be interesting to see if Constantine will step down that far after having signed for us.
Interesting rumour re. Agbonlahor, will be interesting to see if Constantine will step down that far after having signed for us. long distance depressive

11:55pm Tue 26 Oct 10

THEBLURISBAD says...

anyone see neal barratt on tv 2night looked a bit lost sat with two old birds bet he gets some stick in the dressing room for his 30 mins of tv fame...lose
anyone see neal barratt on tv 2night looked a bit lost sat with two old birds bet he gets some stick in the dressing room for his 30 mins of tv fame...lose THEBLURISBAD

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