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York City boss Gary Mills happy on striking it rich
YORK City manager Gary Mills might have been thwarted in his attempts to bring Richard Cresswell back to Bootham Crescent – but he is happy with his striking options prior to tonight’s transfer deadline.
Mills brought in 33-year-old Scott Dobie on a three-month contract to reinforce his front line this week and, while admitting the former Carlisle and West Brom forward is not fit enough to feature against Oxford tomorrow, he does not plan to further bolster his attacking ranks.
With centre-back Clarke Carlisle and Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor also joining Dobie as City’s new arrivals, Mills does not now foresee any further business today.
The approach for Cresswell, who netted 24 times in 111 games for City before leaving for Sheffield Wednesday in a deal worth £950,000 in 1999, failed to materialise when the former England under-21 international decided to stay on at Bramall Lane as a player-coach on an improved contract.
On that matter and the club’s attacking potency, Mills said: “We made inquiries about Richard Cresswell but nothing came of that. I wanted that type of experienced player to come here but, while everybody has been going on about needing to get a striker in, it’s not been a major issue for me.
“We’ve averaged two goals a game during our first three League matches and I will be more than pleased if we keep doing that. We had a couple of knock-backs from strikers and I’ve also had the opportunity to bring in younger players but I didn’t feel that was right.
“I know what a great professional Scott Dobie is as well and, while he won’t be in the team tomorrow, we will be working to get him fit and ready for games. He’s hungry to do that and that’s the most important thing for me because, if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be here.
“The main priority, though, was to get a new centre-back in after Chris Doig got injured and we’ve addressed that by bringing Clarke Carlisle in. I don’t think there will be any more comings or goings now, although there might be a couple going out when the loan window reopens in a couple of weeks’ time.”
Carlisle, who has agreed terms until the January transfer window, is expected to be handed his full debut for City at home to Oxford tomorrow with Doig joining David McGurk , who has suffered a heel problem after recovering from his previous knee injury, in the treatment room.
The City chief is also keen to continue using Dan Parslow in a midfield anchor role, adding: “I would be very reluctant to move Pars out of midfield. He seems to be getting better and better and thriving in that position more and more.”
On-loan teenage left-back Taylor, an England under-19 international who is at Bootham Crescent for a month initially, could also start against the table-topping U’s as Mills considers whether to select him ahead of Jamal Fyfield and Danny Blanchett, who have both started two of the club’s opening four fixtures in the role.
Mills said: “Charlie could start tomorrow because I think he’s a good player and I like the look of him.
“That left-back position has not really been settled in the first few games so it’s more competition for the other two.”
As well as McGurk and Doig, City will continue to be without Jamie Reed , Oli Johnson and Scott Kerr for tomorrow’s game with Mills admitting the match is the first in a challenging week for his team.
Following the Oxford game, City travel to Rotherham for the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night before entertaining newly-relegated Chesterfield next weekend.
On that schedule, Mills said: “Oxford are a good side. I went to watch them at Leeds in midweek and they looked lively.
“I can see why they have won three games but, if we play how we can, we can beat them.
“It will be a testing week with games against Oxford, Rotherham and Chesterfield but, without meaning any disrespect, that’s better than having Barrow, Ebbsfleet and Hayes and Yeading.
“We want to enjoy the challenge of League Two football. I don’t want an easy life and we all know we have got to work hard for what we want to achieve.”