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Wharton on standby for City debut

4th September 2017

Summer signing Theo Wharton could make his debut tomorrow night as York City look to return to winning ways at Spennymoor Town (kick-off 7.45pm).

Manager Gary Mills is ready to call upon the services of the St Kitts and Nevis international in the absence of a trio of midfield players - Simon Heslop, Adriano Moke, and Aidan Connolly.

Wharton, 22, has yet to play a competitive game since arriving from Cardiff City but impressed in pre-season and has been on the bench for a number of games.

"We are missing Simon Heslop and Adriano Moke and that creates a little bit of an issue in midfield," said Mills. "I have had a chat with Theo. It might be time for him to step in there.

"He knows I have been looking for a bit more from him training-wise. Sometimes things are forced on you and, sometimes, things forced on you work.

"He's a good lad and he works hard," Mills added. "I am just looking for him to step up and show me what I brought him here for and what I know is he capable of. It might be the start tomorrow night."

Moke has missed the last two games with a thigh injury and is expected to be sidelined for another five weeks. Heslop is serving a one game ban and Connolly was transfer-listed at the weekend after expressing a desire to leave the club.

Midfielder Clovis Kamdjo, meanwhile, is hoping to return to action at the end of next month following a lengthy injury absence.

The Minstermen are also likely to be boosted by the return of striker Louis Almond who has missed the last two games with bruised ribs.

Mills admits that last week was a 'poor week' for his side - with a return of just one point from three games against Southport, FC United of Manchester, and Chorley. However, he firmly believes that things can turn around quickly in football and is demanding a positive reaction from his players.

"It's been a poor week," he said. "I didn't think we deserved to lose on Monday (against FC United). If we had taken our chances, we would have won the game. You have to bounce back and show what a good team you are. We didn't do that (at Chorley) and we performed poorly.

"You can either escalate something and make it a real problem or dust it down and say I have been in football long enough to know it's been a poor week and within another week we can turn it around. That's what we have got to do.

"We have got to go to Spennymoor and start this 'other' week, to put us back up the league, put some more points on the table, and put the week we have just had behind us.

"Saturday was the only game we have deserved to lose," he added. "Out of all the other games, I don't think we have deserved to lose. That's not totally a bad thing."

With City just a point outside the play-off zone in National League North, Mills said: "We have played eight games. It's not the end of the world where we are. I would rather not be there, I would rather have a few more points of course. The next three games for me are going to tell me a lot.

"We have got to show what we are capable of, what we are all about, and bounce back from what has been a poor week."

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