Manager full of belief after first leg win...
MANAGER Gary Mills says his current York City side reminded him of his 2012 FA Trophy winning team following the semi-final first leg victory over Lincoln City.
Talking after the 2-1 Bootham Crescent triumph, Mills admitted that his team were far off the pace in a first half in which they trailed, but his depleted squad showed desire and spirit which he can rely on for the rest of the season.
Having gone behind early on in the tie through Lee Angol’s penalty, the Minstermen turned the tie around in the second half courtesy of goals from Vadaine Oliver and Aidan Connolly.
Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD, Mills was pleased with how his side responded after half time.
“That’s what it was like here before but you have to create that,” Mills explained. “We created that tonight by having a chat at half time.
“We won all the second balls in the first five minutes of the second half and that enabled us to do what we have done.
“Lincoln dictated the first 45 minutes but like on Saturday [against Sutton]. At half time, no one would have had a bet on us to win this game.
“Things weren’t happening in the first half and when it’s like that, you have to dig in there. We had to change things slightly and it worked perfectly. Substitutes change the game and both of them did that tonight. It just proves the character when they come off the bench and prove they should be in the starting XI.”
With Cheltenham Town loanees Asa Hall and Daniel Parslow sidelined alongside Saturday’s goal-scoring hero Yan Klukowski, Mills admitted that he did not have many options in his squad, and will be cautious ahead of Saturday’s second leg.
“I didn’t have many options,” The City manager chuckled. “It was a difficult one. Whether I got it right first half, maybe not.
“But you have to ask whether the substitutes had started, would it have ended like that? Football doesn’t always work like that. Even with the weaker bench, it’s nice that we can still bring on the first team players who can change the game.
“We’ve had problems since I’ve put together this small squad. We were missing the three players and Kyle Letheren got a pulled thigh at half time and came through the second half. Alex Whittle hurt his hamstring, but to come through it like we have shows that we will fight through everything.
“We now need to rest up and get the bodies ready for Saturday and hopefully we can get the result that we crave.”
The all-important second leg takes place at Sincil Bank on Saturday afternoon, with the aggregate winners earning themselves a trip to Wembley in the Buildbase FA Trophy final in May.