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Mills Gutted Following Late Equaliser

Posted: Tue 29 Nov 2016
Author: Nathan Spafford

Gary Mills

Image by: Ian Parker

Manager disappointed to let slip all three points...

GARY Mills admits he is gutted after his ‘better’ York City side failed to collect all three points in their 1-1 draw with Guiseley AFC on Tuesday night.

The 55-year-old said that despite a much improved performance against their relegation rivals, it was a basic error which denied the Minstermen their first win back under his stewardship.

Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD, the former Gateshead and Wrexham boss said his side were punished from one mistake after failing to cope with the extra demand put forward by Guiseley in the final minutes of the match.

“I’m gutted to still be waiting for that win,” Mills said. “I thought we were the better side but we came up against a side who had five men up there who are six foot plus.

“That one ball in the box has not been dealt with and it’s cost us two points, but we’ve done alright tonight.

“We started the game well, but you go a goal in front and they stick four men up front and we’ve not dealt with that. We’re disappointed but that’s football and now it’s onto the next one.”

Mills also praised centre-back Matt Fry for his dogged performance at the back while reserving special praise for new signing Sean Newton, who won the man-of-the-match award. However, the manager is adamant that he still needs to sign more players to improve his side.

“It’s the best I’ve seen Matty Fry since I arrived at the Club,” admitted Mills. “Right from the word go it was the best I’ve seen him.

“From the early moments, he was heading a lot and was the first to everything and looked a player that I hadn’t seen until tonight.

“We haven’t got enough yet though and we still need better. I want players who know the league and understand the game.

“I still need new signings, but as we’ve proven with Sean Newton, he has given his all and I can trust him. I was delighted with him today.”

Until the final minutes of the match, it looked likely that Callum Rzonca’s spectacular goal, his first ever professional strike, would win the points for Mills’ side until Jake Cassidy’s close range finish levelled the scores. Mills spoke highly, not just of the teenager’s goal, but his performances in recent weeks.

“Callum has done okay since I’ve come in and it was nice for him to get the goal and it was nice for us to get the goal,” added Mills.

“He’s been working hard and what a goal it was. He gave us something that we didn’t have up top before and gave us the goal we needed.”