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Mills Warns Of Wood Threat

Posted: Fri 17 Feb 2017
Author: Niall Cope

Gary Mills

Image by: Mark Comer

Manager keen not to underestimate weekend opponents...

GARY Mills says the fact that Boreham Wood lie in mid-table in the Vanarama National League with 16 games to go should not suggest that it will be an easy game for his side on Saturday.

The Wood are 11 points off a top five spot, while they lie 12 points above the relegation places heading into the weekend encounter at Meadow Park.

Speaking to the Minstermen PlayerHD ahead of the contest, where a win for City would close the gap on their relegation rivals, the 55-year-old said his side must be switched on against a team who are experiencing a good season.

“I don’t buy into people saying they have got nothing to play for because you always do,” he said. “If they were to lose their remaining games they would go down so they’ve got plenty to play for.

“They’re having a good season and you can see why they are doing well. They’ve got (Kenny) Davis in their midfield and have just brought in Jai Reason from Eastleigh, they are two players in the middle of the pitch who will want to dictate the game.

“They tend to leave three players up front too and don’t worry about them coming back so we’ll have to be switched on to that"

He added: “I’ve been there the last two seasons and won games 1-0, so hopefully we can go there and do the same. 1-0 is my favourite score away from home because you only need to keep a clean sheet and score a goal to win the game. 

“Dependent on how many fans are there you though you have to create your own atmosphere because they are not well supported.

“Every game is a difference challenge and you can go to Boreham Wood and if you are not switched on it doesn’t feel as though there is a game on. Hopefully we can get quite a few fans there again to help us through.”

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder will be without the services of influential midfielder Simon Lappin for the visit to Hertfordshire after he underwent surgery on Thursday for an Achilles injury sustained in last weekend’s draw with Maidstone United.

Yan Klukowski may also miss out having not trained all week due to a calf problem but Mills is happy with the quality in his squad to overcome the hurdle.

“We’re small squad and are even smaller now,” he expressed.” We’ve talked about whether or not to bring another body in and decided no, we are going to go with the same group of players because we are in such a good place together.

“It’s almost like we don’t want to disrupt the positivity in the squad with someone who maybe won’t have that and that’s so important. Sometimes it’s too easy to just go and get somebody in because you feel you need to.

“We’ve got players within the squad that can play in different positions so we are going to go to Boreham Wood with the same group of players. It might be a basic 16 which would mean having Luke Simpson on the bench but it’s not a problem because we are in such a positive place and I that the 16 will go and do their jobs on Saturday.

“I know what I’m going to get from whatever player I put out on Saturday and as a manager that feels great and the players feel the same. They have trust in one another across the park and they can now all go and do their jobs individually because they don’t have to worry about someone else’s.

“We’ve got a group who can go to Boreham Wood and perform the way we have been. If we do that then we can win the game.”