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York City manager Gary Mills plots new run of defiance
YORK City manager Gary Mills is unconcerned by his club’s drop to 15th in the League Two standings.
Mills, who is targeting back-to-back promotions with the Minstermen, has played down the importance of table positions seven fixtures into a new campaign.
To illustrate his point, he reasoned that his team would probably be propelled back into the division’s top ten with three points at home to Cheltenham Town tomorrow.
By mid-September last season, City were also 14th following back-to-back defeats against Alfreton and Tamworth but went on to beat Luton Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier final.
“When you get three points at this stage of the season, it makes a massive difference,” Mills said.
“After losing at Burton on Wednesday night, we went down to 15th instead of going sixth.
“I would rather be sixth but we won’t be making an issue of our current league position. I would be if we were 15th after 35 matches but it’s early days and we’ve got to go and win the next one to take us back up the table. “We can’t worry about league positions at the moment and we didn’t last season. We only talked about being in the top five in April and that’s when we will be looking at the top seven and three positions this season.
“I think this division will be tight so, if you are consistent, you have got a chance.
“We don’t want any more runs of a draw, draw and a defeat because, even though you will get beaten now and again, you need to put together decent runs of wins and draws to be successful.”
Centre-back Clarke Carlisle will miss tomorrow’s match after being carried off during the first half of Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at Burton although his injury is not as serious as first feared. “He’s not too bad,” Mills said of Carlisle’s condition. “I’ve spoken to the physio and his ankle’s gone down a bit.
“Tomorrow will be a bit too early but he should be okay for Aldershot next weekend.”
McGurk will not be in contention to face the Robins having been sidelined since New Year’s Day, leaving Chris Doig as Carlisle’s likely replacement, as he was in midweek.
Whatever Mills’ back line, the Bootham Crescent boss is calling for better defending all over the park.
City currently boast the division’s fourth-worst goals-against column with 13 conceded and they are still searching for their first clean sheet in the league.
Mills has hinted that he could look to make changes in midfield to remedy that situation, saying: “We haven’t had a clean sheet in the league yet and that’s an issue.
“It’s not all down to the defence and goalkeeper. We haven’t been winning enough second balls and, if you don’t do that, that puts your back four on the back foot, as it did at Burton.
“We were excellent there for half an hour. We took the game to them but, in the second half, we were second best and the front three needed a bit more help from midfield.
“We allowed them to dictate the game too much and you can’t afford to let teams at this level do that.
“The second goal was very poor when we looked back on it a few times on the DVD.
“Players were out of position and we allowed their man to get into the box with nobody picking him up.
“We will do something about that, address a couple of issues and go again tomorrow.”