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Time for calm says York City chief Gary Mills
11:34am Friday 17th August 2012 in Sport
YORK City manager Gary Mills has instructed his players not to get caught up in the emotion of the club’s return to Football League action.
The Minstermen will end eight years as a non-League outfit when they kick off their 2012/13 campaign against Wycombe Wanderers at Bootham Crescent tomorrow and Mills is hoping the “party atmosphere” can inspire rather than distract his team in the quest for three points.
A bumper home crowd is expected for the League Two curtain raiser but Mills is only focused on getting off to a winning start.
He said: “The majority of players from last season are still here so tomorrow will be a fantastic feeling for everybody at the club and we are really looking forward to it. A lot of people have worked hard for this day and some probably thought it would never come.
“I am delighted we are at home first because our fans deserve that and I am looking forward to having a party atmosphere to boost the lads to get three points. But we’ve not got to get carried away by it all and must treat the match like another game where we are out to get three points to get off to a good start to the season.”
Right-back Lanre Oyebanjo , meanwhile, returned to training yesterday after his thigh problem, while John McReady and David McGurk have recovered from illness but the latter is still short on match fitness and summer signing Oli Johnson is also doubtful with a groin problem.
Mills added that he felt his team would not be daunted by tomorrow’s historic occasion or future mouthwatering clashes against the likes of derby rivals Bradford City and Rotherham following the step up in divisions.
He said: “The players will not be overawed – not at all. We had the same big crowds last season, particularly towards the end when we had some massive, massive games.
“It’s a case of the more fans the merrier because I think our players will thrive on that.”
Despite the Minstermen being written off as 33-1 hopefuls for the League Two title, Mills is also very clear about his targets for the new campaign.
“Promotion is what I am aiming for because I want to make progress again and take this club forward to League One,” he said.