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Gaffer warns against complacency

By Ian Appleyard | 11th September 2017

AFTER securing back-to-back victories in National League North, City manager Gary Mills has issued a warning about the danger of complacency.

Fifth-placed City host lowly Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 7.45pm) in a game that should provide a different set of 'mental challenges'.

Mills said: "We are learning that, if we are going to win games, we need to do things better. Possibly, mentally, a little bit stronger in where we are going to go and what we are going to do. I think that's come together in the last two games.

"People talk about what are good players? What are good teams? Good players are the consistent ones and good players are the ones who go on to make a good living out of the game. Good players always produce when needed.

"I don't worry about the ability side. It's the other side. The players have to be mentally right for every game and every challenge. Every game is different and, on the back of two wins, it's a different mentality to being on the back of two defeats."

Underlining his message to the players, Mills said: "Don't get complacent! Don't think 'We have won two now, we can take our foot off the pedal!' Don't think 'We are playing a team that got beat 4-1 on Saturday'. Don't look at that and think we are going to win tomorrow night. That's dangerous.

"I expect us to win - and we should - because I have got the players to do it. They know that. But Gainsborough got beat on Saturday and will want to come here, like FC United and Telford did, and say 'We are going to beat York City' because they get a lift from it.

"When they come to play the Yorks, it's one of their Cup finals," he added. "We have to make sure that when teams do that, we perform to our highest level, because if we do that - no matter how high they lift their games - we can still beat them."

Mills is pleased with the club's position after 10 games of the season and has also been impressed with the crowds at Bootham Crescent.

"What we have learned in ten games is that this is a tough league," he said. "Everybody will have learned that now - from the top right down. After ten games, everybody will have learned a lot.

"The crowds have been exceptional. To be getting over 3,000 in this division, regardless, is fantastic. I am sure the chairman and everybody are delighted with the crowds that we are getting.

"Even last year, in that league, we wasn't getting some of the crowds we are getting this year, so it is fantastic," he added.

"Gainsborough won't bring too many so, again, mentally, for the players it's going to be a little bit different. We can't do anything about it, it's just another challenge - not as many away supporters and maybe an atmosphere not quite the same. That's another challenge - but we have to overcome every single one that is thrown at us."

Goalkeeper Jon Worsnop is expected to shake off a finger injury and Mills reports no other fresh injury concerns.

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