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York City boss left stunned by Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat
GOBSMACKED York City manager Gary Mills blasted his side’s “diabolical decision-making” after a 4-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy home thumping against Coventry.
Blunders by Clarke Carlisle and Scott Kerr presented David McGoldrick and Callum Ball with the first two goals after the break.
A poorly-defended free-kick then saw McGoldrick claim his second of the night before substitute Chris Hussey completed the Bootham Crescent rout in the 90th minute.
Mills described his team's mistakes as “schoolboy” errors. He fumed: “The first three goals we gave away were ridiculous and I couldn’t believe what I was watching. The decision-making was diabolical and it was simple schoolboy stuff.
“We won’t win any football matches playing like that. We put goals on a plate for them and that’s the end of us in this competition, which hurts.
“I don’t know why Clarke did what he did for the first goal. You’d have to ask him.
“You cannot take risks like we did and I don’t tell my defenders to do that. I’m gobsmacked by the second half and it’s my job to address that.
“It’s possibly my worst defeat as manager of this football club and it will happen again if we give the ball to the opposition like that and let them put it in our net.”
At the other end of the pitch, the Minstermen also equalled an unwanted club record after failing to score in a fourth consecutive home game during the same season.
Mills is now calling on his team to put two consistent halves together after a promising first-half display fell apart after the interval.
The City chief added: “We didn’t really start the second half and we have got to start playing for 90 minutes sooner rather than later.”