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Manager Full Of Belief

Posted: Fri 20 Jan 2017
Author: Niall Cope

Gary Mills

Image by: Ian Parker

Mills confident heading into Barrow clash...

MANAGER Gary Mills believes his team are more than capable of pulling off a result against play-off chasing Barrow on Saturday afternoon.

The Minstermen have only lost one of their last six games, recording three wins in the process, while Barrow are without a league victory since November.

Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD in the lead up to the weekend’s contest at Bootham Crescent, the 55-year-old said that although he understands Paul Cox’s men are having a good season overall, the his side can achieve a positive outcome against the Cumbrian outfit.

“They’ve had a couple of results they won’t be pleased about but it doesn’t make any difference, they are having a good season and are a tough side to play against, and always will be,” Mills expressed.

“They’ll be a few 6ft 5in players in the side which is the way Paul likes his teams to be and he's done well with that.

“It makes no difference to me whether it’s Barrow or Harlow Town though because I feel we have a squad of players who can beat Barrow.

“It’s going to be tough because they are a good side, and we’ll have to be at our best to get the result we need, but I feel we can.”

The former European Cup winner could hand debuts to Hamza Bencherif and John ter Horst who arrived on loan from Wrexham and Hull City respectively during the week.

Mills is pleased to have both players of board following the departures of Aarran Racine and Rhys Murphy back to Forest Green Rovers and outlined the qualities of his latest recruits.

“Hamza is a player I know and felt he did well for me at Wrexham when I took him there in the summer,” he said.

“He has a presence and understands the league and the game. Hopefully he’ll come in prove what I’ve brought him in to do which is very similar to Aarran (Racine) who in his time with us did exceptionally well.

“Johan is a little bit different to what we have, he is lively and got bravery for a young, small player.

“He likes to get in behind defences and score a goal. He also understands what non-league is all about which is important for me.”

The new additions have been added to a small pool of players which Mills revealed he now works with and who he believes will help the Club remain in the National League with 18 games remaining.

“I’ve expressed this week how I feel about my squad now, and I hope people understand what I mean when I say I can start doing my job properly by managing a group I know I’m going to get a response from which I didn’t feel before,” he added. “That’s important for me and Darren Caskey who works with them out on the training field.

“We’ve got a smaller squad now with players who have gone out on loan and players who aren’t training with the first team squad at the moment which I felt was important.

“We have 16 outfield players training on Thursday which is a better number. It’s much healthier and better quality, with a stronger togetherness. Everybody can do the jobs they are paid to do and not worry about others.”