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'Emotional' Mills Thrilled To Get To Wembley

Posted: Sun 19 Mar 2017
Author: Henry Valantine

Manager quickly turns focus back to National League survival, though...

GARY Mills was in an emotional mood when talking about the prospect of his York City side going to Wembley, five years after he last took the Club there twice in the space of a week.

When the manager returned to the Club, he set out his targets of getting to the Buildbase FA Trophy Final at Wembley, and ensuring National League safety at the end of the season.

The first box has been ticked after a bullet Scott Fenwick penalty in extra time cancelled out Sean Raggett's header to give York City a 1-1 draw away at Lincoln City, meaning the Minstermen won the two-legged semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.

City will travel down to the national stadium to take on Macclesfield Town on Sunday 21st May after they overcame Tranmere Rovers in their semi-final tie on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD, Mills said: "It's hard to sum up, I've got to be honest. I'm still emotional, to get Lincoln over two legs and come away winning and getting to Wembley is magnificent.

"We're wanting to go there celebrating for one reason and for one reason only, and that is we're still in this league next year, but that'll give us a massive boost.

"I've told the players that we've got to make sure that we continue to do what we're doing, and that's winning games. They're doing that, (the Lincoln result) is hard to put into words to be honest.

"I'm just so pleased for everybody. I know I haven't been here, but from afar I know what the fans must have been going through over the last couple of years, and hopefully this is the start of more success now."

The City manager heaped praise on his squad after going through a gruelling two hours against the Imps, citing their mental strength as a big factor in earning a trip to Wembley.

He added: "Look at that fight today (from the players), HEART in capital letters, absolutely massive. A dressing room is very, very important, boy have we got a good dressing room now. We're working so hard for each other, we're working together, we train together, we eat together, we drink together, we play together, and it's the only way to be successful.

"We've played Lincoln three times in the last three weeks, and they haven't beaten us. We've drawn to and won one, I think that shows the strides we've made and the belief we've got because they are a good side, make no mistake about that.

"Congratulations to all the fans, immense again today, we're going to Wembley again."

The manager also paid tribute to York City Chairman, Jason McGill, dedicating Saturday's result to him as his side got themselves to Wembley with a truly battling performance against the National League leaders.

On the Chairman, Mills added: "I hope the Chairman is listening, I'm so pleased for him. I know he's an emotional man, I know what he's been through, and I don't mean this in a soft way because I'm a manager or I want a 10-year contract or whatever, but if you're listening, Chairman, that one's for you."