York City boss in challenge to two-goal ace Michael Potts

TWO-GOAL hero Michael Potts has been told he has to continue producing the goods if he is to come off the transfer list at York City.

Potts, making his first start of the season and only his third in league fixtures since arriving at Bootham Crescent in the summer of 2011, bagged a brace in Saturday’s 3-2 victory at Rochdale as the Minstermen enjoyed their first win in eight matches.

The 21-year-old midfielder was handed a rare chance to impress due to Danny Kearns’ return to parent club Peterborough last week.

City boss Gary Mills was delighted with his response, but now wants Potts to maintain those standards and prove he has a future at Bootham Crescent.

Mills said: “Football is basic. If you are playing well and doing your job, you play but, if you’re not doing your job as well as you should, you go on the transfer list and go and play somewhere else.

“Pottsy knows that but sometimes, out of adversity, something happens. He would not have played if Kearnsy had still been here, but we’ve not kept the ball as well as I would have liked recently and I know Pottsy will do that.

“I wanted him to show me what a player he can be and he certainly took that chance. I’ve always known he’s my type of player who can play how I like my teams to play.

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“He lacks that yard of pace, which is to his detriment a little bit, but he will be mentally and physically sharper after Saturday’s game. It’s one game though and he’s got to continue doing what he’s done if I decide to play him in the next match.”

The City boss added that Potts’ attitude during his long absence from the team has been exemplary.

Mills said: “He’s not even been on the bench at times but he’s kept smiling and worked hard and has been a credit to himself and the profession.

“A lot of players would be upsetting the dressing room but not Pottsy, so I’m really pleased for him.”

Mills will watch Gateshead’s home match with Grimsby tomorrow night as he mulls over whether to call Lee Bullock back from his loan spell with the north-east Blue Square Bet Premier outfit.

Another option is to recall Jonathan Smith from Luton, but Potts’ performance may have lessened the need for either decision.

“I’ve got to sit back with my coaching staff and decide whether we will call them back,” the City chief explained.

Mills added that he felt his team were deserved winners at Spotland over the weekend and described an opening 36 minutes, in which the visitors forged 3-0 in front thanks to Potts and Jason Walker, as “magnificent”.

He said: “We should have won some of the matches we haven’t in the last seven games and, although we’ve taken our knocks over a couple of performances, we’ve been good generally.

“We deserved the win on Saturday and I’ve kept saying that, if we took our chances, somebody would find themselves 3-0 or 4-0 down against us by half-time and that happened.

“We started the game excellently, our movement and ball retention was fantastic and that’s how I want us to play. We were put under a bit of pressure in the second half but it wasn’t a great deal and you have to expect that when you come away from home.

“In fact, I thought my team were superb and, for the first 36 minutes, bordered on magnificent.”

Mills recalled Walker and Ashley Chambers to his starting line up, fielding both alongside Matty Blair in last season’s first choice three-pronged strikeforce for only the sixth time this term.

On that decision, he said: “We went back to the three that have done really well for me. The two wide players have got pace to go past players and they are magnificent defensively as well.

“They know that’s part of their job in the system we play and are both willing to do it.”

Left-back Jamal Fyfield also earned praise from his manager for a series of raids down the flank that led to the opening goal and set the tone for the rest of the match.

He said: “We know he has that quality to put balls in because we’ve seen that over the last 12 months so it’s up to the other players to get on the end of them.”

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1:20pm Mon 3 Dec 12

ian923 says...

Pottsy has to be in the team in the next match-it would be nothing short of cruel to drop him after last saturday's display. He should now get a run in the team alongside Paddy and Scott. No need to recall J Smith or bullock because we haven't really missed them and neither of them would have changed games.
Pleased for Pottsy to get his chance at last. Also well played Jamal and Ash.Also nice to see Jason on the scoresheet though it took him a while to realise his attempt to contorl the ball had gone in the goal!
Pottsy has to be in the team in the next match-it would be nothing short of cruel to drop him after last saturday's display. He should now get a run in the team alongside Paddy and Scott. No need to recall J Smith or bullock because we haven't really missed them and neither of them would have changed games. Pleased for Pottsy to get his chance at last. Also well played Jamal and Ash.Also nice to see Jason on the scoresheet though it took him a while to realise his attempt to contorl the ball had gone in the goal! ian923
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3:20pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Koala says...

Gary gets to keep his favoured formation; Fans get players in right positions; Team gets great win; Everybody happy, SIMPLES!
Gary gets to keep his favoured formation; Fans get players in right positions; Team gets great win; Everybody happy, SIMPLES! Koala
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3:35pm Mon 3 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

ian923 wrote:
Pottsy has to be in the team in the next match-it would be nothing short of cruel to drop him after last saturday's display. He should now get a run in the team alongside Paddy and Scott. No need to recall J Smith or bullock because we haven't really missed them and neither of them would have changed games.
Pleased for Pottsy to get his chance at last. Also well played Jamal and Ash.Also nice to see Jason on the scoresheet though it took him a while to realise his attempt to contorl the ball had gone in the goal!
That wasn't a touch from Walker it was a shot he took it well

No way he'll drop pottsy this week, leave smith at Luton as long as poss not good enough for this league why we brought him back I'll never know
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Pottsy has to be in the team in the next match-it would be nothing short of cruel to drop him after last saturday's display. He should now get a run in the team alongside Paddy and Scott. No need to recall J Smith or bullock because we haven't really missed them and neither of them would have changed games. Pleased for Pottsy to get his chance at last. Also well played Jamal and Ash.Also nice to see Jason on the scoresheet though it took him a while to realise his attempt to contorl the ball had gone in the goal![/p][/quote]That wasn't a touch from Walker it was a shot he took it well No way he'll drop pottsy this week, leave smith at Luton as long as poss not good enough for this league why we brought him back I'll never know ycfcfooker
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5:03pm Mon 3 Dec 12

redbluelion says...

keep potts in team and sell smith to luton lets count our losses and move on..those mugs will pay some cash for him. not a bad return for pottsy two goals in first game back.and mills says he needs to keep scoring to be taken off the transfer list..well i also think walker needs to keep scoring then.its only fair ..for a main striker hes not scored many.lets hope his goal saturday will be the start of many to come..
keep potts in team and sell smith to luton lets count our losses and move on..those mugs will pay some cash for him. not a bad return for pottsy two goals in first game back.and mills says he needs to keep scoring to be taken off the transfer list..well i also think walker needs to keep scoring then.its only fair ..for a main striker hes not scored many.lets hope his goal saturday will be the start of many to come.. redbluelion
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5:29pm Mon 3 Dec 12

long distance depressive says...

Goal Ace is a bit of an overwrought headline! but good luck to the lad for sticking with it.
Goal Ace is a bit of an overwrought headline! but good luck to the lad for sticking with it. long distance depressive
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8:18pm Mon 3 Dec 12

duffy says...

redbluelion wrote:
keep potts in team and sell smith to luton lets count our losses and move on..those mugs will pay some cash for him. not a bad return for pottsy two goals in first game back.and mills says he needs to keep scoring to be taken off the transfer list..well i also think walker needs to keep scoring then.its only fair ..for a main striker hes not scored many.lets hope his goal saturday will be the start of many to come..
I would not agree with letting Smith go at this point. He played so many games for last seasons champions he must have something about him at this level. I would certainly like to see him given another chance alongside a fully fit Kerr before we give up on him.
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: keep potts in team and sell smith to luton lets count our losses and move on..those mugs will pay some cash for him. not a bad return for pottsy two goals in first game back.and mills says he needs to keep scoring to be taken off the transfer list..well i also think walker needs to keep scoring then.its only fair ..for a main striker hes not scored many.lets hope his goal saturday will be the start of many to come..[/p][/quote]I would not agree with letting Smith go at this point. He played so many games for last seasons champions he must have something about him at this level. I would certainly like to see him given another chance alongside a fully fit Kerr before we give up on him. duffy
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8:23pm Mon 3 Dec 12

joejamestom says...

Saturday was a long waited for footballing treat for the patient faithful at last City playing a game the Mills way with essentially an attacking front 5 either linked by Kerr or supported by the full backs overlapping with Kerr covering.
As well as Fyfield Parslow was excellent, how versatile is the guy.
Only worry was the raiding CB waltzing through to score seen that before haven't we. A really slick passing display simple triangles, Potts is a Mills style player lightweight but mobile good feet makes you wonder where we could be if we could field that performance every week. Our away following was great too good way to spend our Sat pm. Cmon City!!!!
Saturday was a long waited for footballing treat for the patient faithful at last City playing a game the Mills way with essentially an attacking front 5 either linked by Kerr or supported by the full backs overlapping with Kerr covering. As well as Fyfield Parslow was excellent, how versatile is the guy. Only worry was the raiding CB waltzing through to score seen that before haven't we. A really slick passing display simple triangles, Potts is a Mills style player lightweight but mobile good feet makes you wonder where we could be if we could field that performance every week. Our away following was great too good way to spend our Sat pm. Cmon City!!!! joejamestom
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9:05pm Mon 3 Dec 12

thirsky says...

Millsy says football is basic and if you are doing your job you play, but if not you go on the transfer list and play elswhere. How can this be so with Potts if he has hardly played at all so how can he be judged.
Cannot be anything else but pleased with Saturdays result but on a negative note it didnt appear that any of the goals were decisive efforts. Second half sounds like it was what we have been like in our home form and just managed to hang on.
Millsy says football is basic and if you are doing your job you play, but if not you go on the transfer list and play elswhere. How can this be so with Potts if he has hardly played at all so how can he be judged. Cannot be anything else but pleased with Saturdays result but on a negative note it didnt appear that any of the goals were decisive efforts. Second half sounds like it was what we have been like in our home form and just managed to hang on. thirsky
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7:29am Tue 4 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

Sounds about right from what I saw thirsky lad but pleasing all the same
Sounds about right from what I saw thirsky lad but pleasing all the same ycfcfooker
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8:48am Tue 4 Dec 12

nomadic85 says...

ycfcfooker wrote:
ian923 wrote:
Pottsy has to be in the team in the next match-it would be nothing short of cruel to drop him after last saturday's display. He should now get a run in the team alongside Paddy and Scott. No need to recall J Smith or bullock because we haven't really missed them and neither of them would have changed games.
Pleased for Pottsy to get his chance at last. Also well played Jamal and Ash.Also nice to see Jason on the scoresheet though it took him a while to realise his attempt to contorl the ball had gone in the goal!
That wasn't a touch from Walker it was a shot he took it well

No way he'll drop pottsy this week, leave smith at Luton as long as poss not good enough for this league why we brought him back I'll never know
no way was it a shot. People don't half talk some **** on here. Even walker himself said afterwards it was a bad first touch that went in. Who in their right mind would think that was a shot? Do you know anything at all about football?
[quote][p][bold]ycfcfooker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Pottsy has to be in the team in the next match-it would be nothing short of cruel to drop him after last saturday's display. He should now get a run in the team alongside Paddy and Scott. No need to recall J Smith or bullock because we haven't really missed them and neither of them would have changed games. Pleased for Pottsy to get his chance at last. Also well played Jamal and Ash.Also nice to see Jason on the scoresheet though it took him a while to realise his attempt to contorl the ball had gone in the goal![/p][/quote]That wasn't a touch from Walker it was a shot he took it well No way he'll drop pottsy this week, leave smith at Luton as long as poss not good enough for this league why we brought him back I'll never know[/p][/quote]no way was it a shot. People don't half talk some **** on here. Even walker himself said afterwards it was a bad first touch that went in. Who in their right mind would think that was a shot? Do you know anything at all about football? nomadic85
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10:34am Tue 4 Dec 12

Some old bloke says...

For anyone who hasn't found it yet there's a new website for the proposed stadium, at http://www.yorkcommu
nitystadium.co.uk
For anyone who hasn't found it yet there's a new website for the proposed stadium, at http://www.yorkcommu nitystadium.co.uk Some old bloke
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6:50pm Wed 5 Dec 12

bartsimmo says...

Mr Mills I really wish that you would be consistent to your words.
You tell Pottsy he has to perform like that every week, you drop Reed after just one man of the match display and 50 - 60 minutes in the next game but still Walker/ Chambers and Blair continue to dominate your weekly team selections.

Can you please start treating everyone at the club equally. Pottsy always had it but you never really gave him the chance before did you? He only got his chance this time due to your loan issues. Get him off that transfer list get him and Reed regular games or I fear Reed will go to another league club and score many against us in a 442 formation!
Mr Mills I really wish that you would be consistent to your words. You tell Pottsy he has to perform like that every week, you drop Reed after just one man of the match display and 50 - 60 minutes in the next game but still Walker/ Chambers and Blair continue to dominate your weekly team selections. Can you please start treating everyone at the club equally. Pottsy always had it but you never really gave him the chance before did you? He only got his chance this time due to your loan issues. Get him off that transfer list get him and Reed regular games or I fear Reed will go to another league club and score many against us in a 442 formation! bartsimmo
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