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York City manager Gary Mills positive despite Fleetwood defeat
YORK City manager Gary Mills believes his team will rise up the League Two standings if they can reproduce their first-half form from last night’s 2-0 home defeat to Fleetwood.
The Minstermen laid siege to the promotion favourites’ goal during the opening exchanges at Bootham Crescent but fell behind to the visitors’ first shot of the night – a Junior Brown 25-yard effort on 36 minutes.
Substitute Steven Gillespie went on to wrap up the points on 87 minutes but Mills admitted at the final whistle that he could not fault his team’s efforts and, in particular, their barnstorming start.
He said: “Football’s all about putting the ball in the back of the net but the first half was some of the best football we’ve played this season. Their ’keeper also made two good saves from Matty Blair and Jamal Fyfield.
“We didn’t get going in the second half and we got done gambling a bit for their second goal but we’ve just got to start the same on Saturday and stick the ball in the back of the net when we get those opportunities. If we produce what we did for the first 45 minutes on a consistent basis we will win more than we lose.”
Free-scoring City have now failed to net in their last three contests with last season’s Blue Square Bet Premier champions Fleetwood with Mills adding: “We just can’t seem to score against them and they keep coming here and doing us.
“We just have to take it on the chin and get ready for Saturday. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve lost another game of football but we are learning about this level all the time.”