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Gaffer: 'It's nice to get three points"

By Ian Appleyard | 9th August 2017

York City manager Gary Mills spoke to the media following Tuesday night's 2-0 victory at Blyth Spartans.

Mills explained his decision to switch to a 4-3-3 formation and admitted it was 'nice to get three points' after losing the opening game of the season against AFC Telford United.

Goals from Jon Parkin and captain Sean Newton secured victory at a rainy Croft Park where City were backed by an impressive 397 supporters - nearly a third of the total 1,373 attendance.

"It's always good to win, we got a clean sheet, a couple of goals and could have had a few more," said Mills. "Jon (Worsnop) kept us in it, the first quarter of an hour, with a couple of good saves. It's things like that that have to be highlighted for me because we allowed them in a couple of times early on by being too open at the back. But, after that, we have created chances."

Commenting on the goals, Mills said: "Jon's took his chance well and it was nice to get the second. I was looking for the third. At 2-0, we had chances to get it, but didn't take them - so we have got to be a bit more ruthless.

"I am delighted for everyone, the fans who have travelled up here in this weather tonight. seeing their team win, I am delighted for them," he added.

Explaining the switch from 3-4-3 (against AFC Telford United) to a 4-3-3 with captain Sean Newton moved from centreback to central midfield, Mills said: "It's the formation I played when I was at the club before. We had a sort of slightly different striker situation before - when I had (Matty) Blair and (Ashley) Chambers - they were more 'wingers' than strikers. I decided I wanted to go with it tonight and the strikers have done OK with it. We will get better at it. I just wanted that extra one in midfield.

"Newts is always liable to get a goal with his left foot. I decided to go with that tonight and it's worked for us. Newts has got his goal, we have got the clean sheet, the strikers are learning if we are going to play that way, that's the job they have got to do. I was pretty pleased with it. There's a lot better to come. We will work on that and hopefully it will get us a result on Saturday.

"But it's good to get off the mark. You lose the first and it's never nice," he said. "Then you have a nervy two or three days going into the next one. It's nice to get that three points."

City's next game in National League North is away at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Watch the video interview with the Gaffer below:

 

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