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City stood up to be counted: Mills

By Ian Appleyard | 6th September 2017

York City manager Gary Mills was full of praise for his players after they 'stood up to be counted' at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night.

Goals from Jon Parkin (2), Louis Almond, and substitute Kaine Felix secured a 4-2 victory for the Minstermen whose next game is against promotion rivals Stockport County at Bootham Crescent on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

"I just thought they were magnificent," said Mills. "When you have had two defeats, the pressure is on to go and win the next game. We have done that and I am really, really pleased. They stood up to be counted."

Striker Parkin scored two first half penalties and is now just one away from a personal milestone of 200 career goals.

Summer signing Almond returned from a rib injury to score his first goal for the club and Felix opened his account for the season with the goal that truly settled the contest in stoppage time.

"Jon was back to something like. He was out for a couple of weeks (calf injury) and it's maybe taken him a little while. But Jon was better tonight and it makes a difference when he is."

On Almond's goal, Mills said: "We all know he has deserved it. I think we have missed him a bit. He took his goal well. They are never easy. Some people panic in front of goal when they go clear. He doesn't. I am really pleased for him. I think he performed well."

Commenting on Felix's late contribution, he said: "I am pleased for Kaine and I was blowing his shot in! He has worked hard since he has come back and is getting his opportunity. It's nice to put someone on with his pace and I am pleased he got his goal.

"He's confident in his own ability. It's how he uses that ability," Mills added. "We are trying to teach him about the game - when to take players on with his pace and when to pass the ball.

"Kaine is one of those who wants to beat players all the time when it's not on to do it! We are working hard with him but he wants to listen. He's a good lad and I am pleased he took a bit of pressure off us with that goal."

Mills also praised the performance of St Kitts and Nevis international midfielder Theo Wharton who made his first appearance since arriving in the summer from Cardiff City.

"He has done well. He has got his chance and he's taken it," Mills said. "He knows why he hasn't been in the side. He has sat in my office and I have had good chats with him. He knows. When you get an opportunity you have got to take it - and he has done that. I am delighted for him. He has got through 90 minutes and let's hope now he can kick on again."

Tuesday night's victory has lifted City into eight spot in National League North - level on points with Saturday's opponents Stockport who are currently seventh.

"It's been a tough week and we said 'let's go and make this a good week'," reflected Mills. "We have started the week off with three points and a win. I am delighted for everybody. I thought the lads were superb and worked hard."

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