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City look to get 'good start' back

31st August 2017

Gary Mills says six points in the next two games will enable York City supporters to look back on a 'good' start to the season.

The Minstermen visit Chorley in National League North on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) seeking to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat by FC United of Manchester which ended a five match unbeaten run.

Mills (pictured above with assistant-manager Darren Caskey) has often stated that an average return of two points per game will bring promotion and City will have 17 points from the first nine games if they beat Chorley and Spennymoor Town (who they play on Tuesday night).

"If we beat Manchester on Monday, then we say we have had a good start. We lose to Manchester and we are now putting it down to an average start," he reflected.

"We have got games on Saturday/Tuesday and, if we can win both of those, then the good start is back." he stressed. "If we don't, then we know what it is. It's not a particularly good start.

"We need to bounce back but not make a major issue of it," he said. "I understand the fans' frustrations. I understand that the fans - because of who we are and the league we are in - expect us to be up there - and so we should be.

"As always, it's a long season. Because of one game we have to show we can bounce back and get the fans back on our side."

Mills, meanwhile, has given his support to midfielder Simon Heslop who was sent-off against FC United for two yellow card offences.

"I had a chat with Simon. He will start on Saturday at Chorley, there's no two ways about that," said Mills. "He will be missing at Spennymoor which is disappointing but I think Hezzy's done OK for us this season. I think he had a couple of games before Monday where I thought he played particularly well."

Striker Louis Almond is set to miss the Chorley game with bruised ribs but could be back in contention for Tuesday's game at Spennymoor.

Midfielder Adriano Moke is ruled out for six weeks after suffering a thigh injury last weekend at Southport. Defender Matty Fry (knee) has started running again but remains a longer-term absentee along with midfielder Clovis Kamdjo (knee).

City have never previously played Chorley and Mills revealed that it will also be his first visit to Victory Park.

"I have never been there before so it's a new ground for me," he said. "We have heard a few things and seen a few things. It's what I talked about in pre-season. We are going to be mentally tested - not only by teams but grounds, surroundings, facilities.

"But if you are going to get out of this league, you have to handle it," he said. "We have to go there with the mindset of 'bring it on' - whatever is thrown at us."

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