York City boss won’t panic buy during transfer window after Stags draw
York City manager Gary Mills is in no mood to make panic signings with the transfer window now reopened for business.
Yesterday’s 2-2 home draw with Mansfield Town meant the fifth-placed Minstermen have won only two of their last nine matches in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
But Mills has insisted that any new arrivals will need to be better than those already at Bootham Crescent.
The City boss said: “The window is open now but, if we do sign anybody, it won’t be a case of bringing in like for like. You have to improve your squad not just bolster it. I won’t get anybody in that isn’t better than what I’ve got and I’ve got some good players and good lads.”
Top scorer Jason Walker is expected to remain sidelined for the duration of the transfer window with a groin tear, but Mills also insisted that he would not be making any rash decisions to strengthen his attacking options.
He added: “We’ve got good strikers at the club and nobody tends to let good ones go either but, if I can find anybody better than what we have, then I will do.”
Mills confirmed, meanwhile, that Kettering frontman Moses Ashikodi has made his loan move from the Poppies permanent until the end of the season.
The former England under-19 international has failed to make the bench in City’s last two matches, but Mills added: “He’s working hard day in, day out to get that sharpness he needs and, when he does, he will be another candidate to play down the middle.”
City trailed to visiting goals from Matt Green and Aman Verma yesterday before Matty Blair pulled a goal back on 77 minutes and Jamal Fyfield grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser.
Mills was pleased with his players’ character but added: “Going behind seems to be our thing at the moment.
“We had to work hard to come back from 2-0 and, while the players deserve great credit for digging in to get a point thanks to a great finish by Jamal, you can’t keep doing that. We know we’ve got to win games but, during this difficult period we are going through at the moment, we are having to settle for points.
“We’re not losing but, if we are going to succeed, we have to turn draws into wins.”
Mills also called for greater consistency levels from his team, saying: “Mansfield are a strong, direct team but we’ve got to do better at times and we know that.
“It’s frustrating because we have set standards at this football club that we don’t want to drop below. There’s no doubt that we have done but we’ve just got to keep working hard and hope things turn in the next game.
“I want my players’ performances to go from good to excellent to out of this world because you can’t be successful with players who have one good game, then a couple not so good. Once you’ve set standards, you have to stick to them.
“I am here to get York City out of this league and everybody’s seen what we can do. It’s just frustrating at the moment because we are falling short of what we are capable of.”
Mills went on to reserve his highest praise yesterday for an attendance of 4,284, describing the biggest crowd of the season as “fantastic”.
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