‘It’s time for a win’ says York City manager Mills

Paddy McLaughlin, front, heads his York City team-mates as they show off their moustaches, which they have been growing for 24 days to raise money for Movember. They have so far raised more than £850

Paddy McLaughlin, front, heads his York City team-mates as they show off their moustaches, which they have been growing for 24 days to raise money for Movember. They have so far raised more than £850

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VICTORY is imperative for York City boss Gary Mills against Torquay at Bootham Crescent today (3pm).

The Minstermen manager has declared how his side “need a win” following a run of six matches without success and wants to end that drought in front of a home crowd.

City last picked up a three-point haul when Jason Walker’s late goal secured a 1-0 triumph at Accrington and, while Mills has been pleased with performances apart from the 3-0 defeat against AFC Wimbledon, he believes it’s key the side get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.

“We need a win, we need a win now,” he explained. “We have gone half a dozen games. I think we’ve only lost once in the League in seven or eight and we need a win. Most of those games have been draws and we need to complement the performances and the run we are on.“Even though we are sitting 15th, it’s such a thin dividing line as to where you go. Three points today could take us up into the top half again and then you are going into a game in hand at Rochdale to even creep up on the edge of the play-offs.”

A home win would be all the more enjoyable for Mills given his team’s struggles in front of their own fans. City have won just two of their nine games on Crescent soil – against Dagenham and Oxford.

With the opportunity to leapfrog Torquay in the table, Mills wants his side to exploit a Gulls outfit without a win in three League games and beaten by Harrogate Town in the FA Cup first round.

He added: “I think they’ve gone on a bad run (since losing to Harrogate) and we’ve got to make sure that we continue their bad run. They are going to want to bounce back, they are going to be hurting about their last few results.

“What I do know is that if we beat them we go above them and that’s a massive incentive. I am confident we can pick up points. There’s no hiding the fact that, points-wise, it hasn’t been good enough at home and we’ve got to start getting points at home.

“That’s how you win Leagues – not away from home. If we could complement our away form with our home form, boy, we’d be top.

“We don’t make it a major crisis. The players don’t and I don’t and we are hoping that turns very quickly – starting today.”

Lee Bullock will remain on loan at Gateshead until January. He will be joined there by Liam Henderson, who will turn out for his home-town club until the new year.

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5:06pm Sat 24 Nov 12

bartsimmo says...

Ok Millsy, nice to see you can see that but actually your home form throughout your York career does not make good reading. Stats don't lie so change the bloody formation before it is too late.
Last season we were lucky to secure the play off place in the end as from too early you were defending the position we had and not adventurous or attacking enough. Remember that midfielders are midfielders and defenders are defenders. If you need to win more second balls change the formation and put an extra man in midfield (442 / 352). Final note and food for thought, last week you say you left Reed on for the 90 because he is always capable of a goal, so what was different this week?
I suppose you will drop him next week now he has had half a game without a goal?
In January try getting football league players rather than conference players or league two team cast offs that you will have to ship off to lower leagues on loan.
oh yeah and Smith struggling for fitness so you leave him in alongside a not fully fit Doig and put Parslow in midfield. Great move surely would have been more sense for a fit Parslow at centre back at the expense of your love child Smith with a fit returning Kerr in the middle???

GET A GRIP!!!
Ok Millsy, nice to see you can see that but actually your home form throughout your York career does not make good reading. Stats don't lie so change the bloody formation before it is too late. Last season we were lucky to secure the play off place in the end as from too early you were defending the position we had and not adventurous or attacking enough. Remember that midfielders are midfielders and defenders are defenders. If you need to win more second balls change the formation and put an extra man in midfield (442 / 352). Final note and food for thought, last week you say you left Reed on for the 90 because he is always capable of a goal, so what was different this week? I suppose you will drop him next week now he has had half a game without a goal? In January try getting football league players rather than conference players or league two team cast offs that you will have to ship off to lower leagues on loan. oh yeah and Smith struggling for fitness so you leave him in alongside a not fully fit Doig and put Parslow in midfield. Great move surely would have been more sense for a fit Parslow at centre back at the expense of your love child Smith with a fit returning Kerr in the middle??? GET A GRIP!!! bartsimmo
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6:44pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Yorkie41 says...

There has to be some thing wrong at Bootham Creacent, it just does not make sense the way city are struggling at home. I wonder if it is anything to do with the way City plays and the width of city's pitch which seems to be narrowing as the years go by.
There has to be some thing wrong at Bootham Creacent, it just does not make sense the way city are struggling at home. I wonder if it is anything to do with the way City plays and the width of city's pitch which seems to be narrowing as the years go by. Yorkie41
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9:02pm Sat 24 Nov 12

twang says...

Nothing to do with the size of the pitch.

Just ability and tactics
Nothing to do with the size of the pitch. Just ability and tactics twang
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9:52pm Sat 24 Nov 12

OLD - HEAD says...

I think that Gary Mills has been a lucky Manager for York City football club. Every gamble that he took seemed to come off, and I shall always be gratefull that he guided us back into the Football League. But right now it looks as though Garys luck has finaly run out. His team selections and tactics are most certainly NOT working. I am afraid that Gary is now going to have to take a fresh look at the players that he has at the club, and start playing them in the positions that they are best suited for. Then in January he may well have to strengthen the squad with a few big strong lads, for we are certainly lacking a bit of physical presence.
I think that Gary Mills has been a lucky Manager for York City football club. Every gamble that he took seemed to come off, and I shall always be gratefull that he guided us back into the Football League. But right now it looks as though Garys luck has finaly run out. His team selections and tactics are most certainly NOT working. I am afraid that Gary is now going to have to take a fresh look at the players that he has at the club, and start playing them in the positions that they are best suited for. Then in January he may well have to strengthen the squad with a few big strong lads, for we are certainly lacking a bit of physical presence. OLD - HEAD
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11:44pm Mon 26 Nov 12

bartsimmo says...

Here here Old head!
Here here Old head! bartsimmo
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