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Dover Performance Pleases Mills

Posted: Sat 07 Jan 2017
Author: Niall Cope

Gary Mills

Image by: Zoe Toone

Manager happy with City display...

GARY Mills praised his side’s overall performance after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at promotion chasing Dover Athletic in the Vanarama National League.

The Minstermen twice came from behind to claim a share of the spoils having been the better team throughout and even creating chances to win the contest on the Kent Coast.

Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD shortly after picking up a point at the Crabble Athletic Ground, the former Wrexham boss said he couldn’t have asked for anymore from his players.

“I thought we were very good from start to finish,” Mills expressed. “We were the better team and deserved to win it.

“We’ve had two great chances in the first 30 seconds and last 30 seconds when the ball needs to go in the back of the net but we’ve just not quite pulled it off.

“I’ve got nothing but praise for my players today though, they’ve given everything. We’ve come to Dover and been the better side on the day. It was a good performance and we have to take a lot from it.

“If we talk about character, to come to Dover and fight back twice, and then have a chance which should have won it in the last 30 seconds shows that we are still believing.

"We are still working hard for this Football Club and are going to give it everything we’ve got to get those points.

“If you look at the league table there is still everything to play for. With 18 games to go, if we show that same fight and spirit then we stand a chance.”

The manager revealed meanwhile that the game against Chris Kinnear’s men was the last for loan duo Aarran Racine and Rhys Murphy after Forest Green Rovers decided to recall the pair.

Mills said it’s not ideal to lose players of their calibre following the impact they have made since arriving in December and that he must now look elsewhere for reinforcements.

“Unfortunately Aarran and Rhys are going back,” Mills added. “We will have to start again and look for someone else to come in at centre half which isn’t easy because Aarran has been excellent at the back.

“You always know when you take someone on loan they're not your player and I’m always wary of loans because are they committed to the cause, particularly where we are, but they have certainly proved that they were.

“You never know I might make a sneaky phone call to see if I can have him back but if not then it’s going to have to be someone else, make no mistake about that.

"Things like that you don’t need but it is what it is and we have to keep fighting and battling."