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Mills Confident Heading Into Weekend Encounter

Posted: Fri 27 Jan 2017
Author: Niall Cope

Gary Mills

Image by: Zoe Toone

Boss keen to maintain momentum...

GARY Mills says he doesn’t mind who his team face having experienced an upturn in fortunes in recent weeks with four wins from seven.

The Minstermen head to the EBB Stadium on Saturday to take on play-off chasing Aldershot Town knowing another victory is likely to close the four point gap on their rivals just outside the relegation zone.

Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD in the build up to the encounter in Hampshire, Mills believes his side can continue to ride the crest of their wave as they looked to pull clear of danger in the final 17 games of the National League season.

“We are a team that no one wants to play at the moment, and I know that might sound daft given our league position, but I believe that.

“I hope people look at the league table, see us at the bottom and think we are not a good side, because that’s a positive for me.

“I know what we are capable of now and I don’t mind who we play at this moment in time.”

He added: “Aldershot are organised and a good side but I’m not going to get carried away with them. I’ve never changed, I always talk about who we are. I just know we are going to a team who are doing well and we have got to put a stop to that.

“We know what a win would do for us. Hopefully we can go there and win, but if we don’t, then certainly don’t lose which would bring us another valuable point.”

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder will be unable to call on the services of defender Shaun Rooney for the clash however after revealing the Scotsman has failed to recover from an ankle injury picked up last weekend, but Mills did provide good news on the fitness of a number of other players

“Shaun isn’t going to travel after coming off last weekend due to his ankle which is a blow because you don’t want to lose players but it happens,” he added.

“Danny Holmes who picked up something down below last weekend, which wasn’t pleasant, hasn’t trained all week but should do on Thursday and be available.

“If he doesn’t come through then that’ll be both full backs not available to play on Saturday but we’re hoping Danny will be OK.

“Aidan Connolly has trained this week so he’ll be travelling. It seems a while since he’s been with us so it’s nice to have him back.

“Lanre (Oyebanjo) is not too far away. We are hoping that by the end of next week he will be back in full training so it’ll be good to have him back also.”