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Mills Wants Woking Response On Saturday

Posted: Fri 21 Apr 2017
Author: Henry Valantine

Manager aiming to bounce back away from home...

GARY Mills has rallied his York City side ahead of a crucial match in the National League against Woking on Saturday afternoon.

The Minstermen travel to the Laithwaite Community Stadium in the knowledge that a fourth consecutive victory on the road would take them above the Cards in the table, and would put them in an excellent position to survive in the National League.

Woking have been on a good run of form themselves, though, also climbing out of the bottom four with three wins in their last four matches taking them three points above City in the standings.

Mills says his players are aware of the task ahead, though, saying to Minstermen PlayerHD: "The group of players know what needs to be done, and I can't ask for any more as in effort or in terms of doing their jobs. 

"Every game is different, and unfortunately it didn't happen for us on Monday. There's nothing we can do about that now, all we can do is go out at Woking and produce another away performance that we have been producing.

"Whether that be attacking football or solid at the back, or having to defend and putting our bodies on the line, it's all part and parcel of winning football matches, which we have done.

"We have to go and do that at Woking on Saturday, and it all changes again. It's a game that we know if we beat Woking, like at Solihull, we go above them, so we know how important it is."

The City manager also said he is waiting on the fitness of goalkeepers Scott Loach, who is doubtful a knee strain, and Kyle Letheren, who went down with a bout of illness in midweek.

Regardless of the result on Saturday, the fight for survival is extremely likely to go down to the lunchtime kick-offs on the final day of the season.

Mills is aiming to take as much pressure as possible off his players, though, adding: "We all handle the situation in different ways, some people are mentally stronger, some are physically stronger.

"When you're a professional footballer, and I'm a professional manager in my game, you have to handle it. That's what it's all about. We don't want to be in this situation but we are, we want to be at the top and I've had the pressures of being at the top, which I would much rather have.

"It's a situation where you look at the league and say we're out of the bottom four, and I've said many a time as well that come the end of the season, when the final whistle goes against Forest Green. If we stay up by one goal, then it won't be good for the heart but we'll take it."

Kick-off at the Laithwaite Community Stadium is at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon, and ticket information can be found on our Club website.