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Ba dee ya! Adriano Moke.....

By Ian Appleyard | 9th August 2017

ADRIANO Moke inspired York City to victory at Blyth Spartans after being serenaded all night by the club's travelling supporters.

The midfielder, who was also singled out for praise by manager Gary Mills, took to Twitter to thank the fans for the excellent vocal support, saying: "Thank you - loving the new song by the way - love it!"

Borrowing from the 1971 disco classic "September" by Earth, Wind, and Fire, the new chant - which is destined to become a favourite at Bootham Crescent this season - goes along these lines:

"Ba dee ya. Adriano Moke. Ba dee ya. He takes on the defenders. Ba dee ya. He never gives the ball awaaaaay!!" (Apologies, if that is not quite word for word but, hopefully, you get the drift....)

Speaking to the club website today, Moke said: "It really touched me and gave me goosebumps during the game. It's the best song anyone has ever sung about me.

"My Mum and my brother both heard about it and they have text me today, saying 'The York fans must really love you?' And it definitely inspired me to play my best. I really do appreciate the fans."

Manager Mills hailed Moke's performance in the 2-0 victory saying the 27-year-old had been the 'Man of the Match by a mile' and was still improving.

"I thought Moke was outstanding tonight - the Man of the Match by a mile," said Mills. "I have talked to him about it. At 27, he has got to start showing what he is and tonight he did! Not just on the ball but reading the ball when it comes out, winning that second ball, and allowing us to go and play in their half again

"I keep giving him a kick up the backside and, if he doesn’t do it, I keep reminding him. But that’s got to come from him," Mills added.

Moke, a member of the 2012 Wembley-double winning squad, returned for a second spell at Bootham Crescent last season and duly signed a new deal this summer.

"I brought him back to the club because I love working with him," said Mills. "He’s a footballer. Give him the ball and you don’t panic. You know he’s going to come out with it and he’s going to keep the ball.

"But I wanted the other side from him – winning second balls and reacting to second balls," he added. "We talked about it at halftime. I am absolutely delighted with him and I think there’s better to come from him. Tonight was outstanding from him."

Mills, meanwhile, has also praised the attitude of summer signing Connor Smith who made his debut as a second half substitute at Blyth.

The former Hartlepool wingback was an unused substitute on the opening day against AFC Telford United but replaced Louis Almond after 64 minutes at Croft Park.

"You don’t get more honest than Connor," said Mills. "He will work so, so hard for you.

"A little bit frustrating at times - with chances to maybe score, or even put the ball on a sixpence for somebody to score - but that will come.

"He’s a great lad, the lads love him in the dressing room because when he’s out there on the park you are never going to get let down by him. He’s whole-hearted, 100 per cent, and he’s a great lad to have in the squad."

Watch the video interview with Gary Mills below:

 

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