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City under no illusions

7th August 2017

York City manager Gary Mills insists that his players are under no illusions about the size of the task in National League North this season.

The Minstermen lost to AFC Telford United in the opening game of the season but Mills agrees that the league table does not take shape until 10 games are gone.

Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow's trip to Blyth Spartans (kick-off 7.45pm), Mills said: "After 10 games, it's 30 points, and certainly the league table starts to take shape. Ten games, you want to be up there or thereabouts and, if you can, be sitting top.

"We got beat on Saturday but if we go and pick up a result tomorrow night and another on Saturday, you are going to be up there," he said.

"You say the same things every year - it's not about the first game, it's about what happens come April - and that will never change.

"I was a bit annoyed with some of the questions that were thrown at me after the game on Saturday," he admitted. "As if we are going into this league 'blase' and we think we are 'bigger and better'. That's the last thing we have done!

"It's been a good pre-season and I have been talking and working hard with the players. They know how tough it's going to be," he added.

"But to be asked whether it's a 'learning curve' or 'have you learned a lesson'..... it's ridiculous and it's disrespectful to how hard we have worked and how much we respect the league this year. 

"We are in a good place," he stressed. "Yes, we have lost a game - but that will make us better!"

Defender Hamza Bencherif (shoulder) is doubtful for tomorrow's game along with striker Michael Rankine who is nursing a hamstring strain.

Watch the video interview with Gary Mills below.




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