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Mills: "Positives To Be Taken"

Posted: Sat 11 Feb 2017
Author: Nathan Spafford

Gary Mills

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Manager pleased with performance...

MANAGER Gary Mills says there is no reason for his York City side’s 1-1 draw with Maidstone United to be ‘over analysed’.

Talking after the lively match between the two danger zone rivals, the 2012 FA Trophy and promotion double winning manager admits that the Minstermen should have been well ahead before Reece Prestedge’s 47th minute equaliser.

Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD, Mills says the reason City did not win was simply down to not taking chances as opposed to something more complicated.

“Drawing at home against Maidstone is not the end of the world,” Mills stated. “There are positives there to be taken.

“We can’t start looking back and saying what if? We’ve got to be positive and keep looking forward. The word ‘if’ is used too often in football. What matters is that we are off the bottom.

“People can try and analyse too much why we didn’t win today. The truth is we didn’t put away our chances and Maidstone did. That’s what this game of football is like. You’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net when you get your chance.”

There were a number of positives to take from the game with Lanre Oyebanjo making his fifth appearance of the National League season while Simon Heslop starred in multiple positions.

However, the loss of Simon Lappin to a potentially lengthy injury could see Mills’ ideal squad dynamic given a rethink.

“It was a big decision to bring (Lanre) Oyebanjo on but the only way he’s going to get back into it is by playing games. As soon as (Simon) Lappin went down, we knew we wanted to do that.

"He will be glad to have had that time he’s had because it will do him a lot of good and it’s nice to have him back.”

“I also thought Simon Heslop was excellent today. He covered a lot of ground and had a lot of energy. He was immense and he was excellent in both positions when we had to bring him out of that right back position when Lappin went down.

Before the game, Mills had spoken of his ideal squad, but admits now that there is a possibility he will look to bring in extra bodies following Lappin’s withdrawal partway through the second half.

However, the former Nottingham Forest midfielder will only move for new bodies if they improve the current team.

“We might possibly now look at bringing someone in," he added. "We’ve got to be very careful that we don’t go too small.

“My hardest job is making sure that if we do need another body or two, they are the right fit because I’ve got these players in a good place, relishing the challenge. Whoever comes in has got to get straight into that.”