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York City's October flourish is thriller to Gary Mills
AS York City’s first FA Cup salvo of the season looms, manager Gary Mills is burning with pride at the club’s return to the Football League.
The City chief revealed that had he been offered at the start of the 2012/13 campaign the Minstermen’s current position ahead of the first FA Cup encounter he would have accepted it.
City’s gritty share-all at Southend reinforced Mills’ charges in tenth place in npower League Two, firmly on the coat-tails of the play-off pursuers with 22 points amassed from 15 games.
Ahead of their initial foray into the FA Cup at home to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, a thoroughly thrilled Mills told The Press: “To have still to play our first FA Cup tie of the season and be in the top ten is something worth shouting about.
“We are just a couple of points off the play-offs and within striking range of the automatic places and we have yet to start in the FA Cup – so that’s a fantastic position for us to be in.
“If that had been offered to me before the start of the season I would have taken it.”
Mills was also glad of a midweek break ahead of Saturday’s first round tie explaining how the rare absence of a Tuesday or Wednesday fixture could prove a big bonus.
“The games come thick and fast at this stage of the season, so it is a bit unusual not to have a game in midweek, but after the three hard games we have just come through then it’s not a bad time to have a break.”
With no behind-closed-doors friendly also this week, Mills plumped for giving those squad players who have not figured recently a run-out against the club’s youth team, who are preparing for their own FA Cup youth showdown away to Chester City tomorrow night.
Mills also confirmed that “two players” had been identified as possible recruits should he feel a more pressing need to beef up the Minstermen attack.
Said the City manager: “There are a couple of players we have got an eye on if I feel we need another attacking option.
“Whether we do it or not is something we are talking about.”