Mills wants a big response after defeat to Plymouth
THE Minstermen are likely to be highly-motivated after receiving a tongue-lashing from unhappy manager Gary Mills in the wake of last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Plymouth.
York's boss said: "We were second best and they won all the second balls from start to finish. They thoroughly deserved the three points and we deserved what we got – nothing."
York's home form should offer struggling Bristol Rovers all the encouragement they need – the Minstermen have won just twice in 12 games at Bootham Crescent this season.
Even more worrying for boss Mills is his team's failure to keep a single clean sheet in any of their last eight outings. Despite media reports suggesting influential centre-back Chris Smith would miss tomorrow's game after receiving a yellow card at Plymouth, York's skipper will be available to play. It was only his fourth caution of the season and not the fifth as reported.
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Concerned that his midfield lacks bite, Mills this week recalled Jonathan Smith from Luton Town, where he had spent the last two months on loan, and the 26-year-old could go straight into the starting line-up to face the Pirates.
Mills admitted Smith's combative style of play would have benefited the team at Plymouth and he said: "We are pleased to have him back.
"We've lost a couple of players to injury, so it's nice to make the squad that little bit bigger and stronger. He's been to Luton and had quite a few games and now I'm hoping he'll step up to the mark back at York."
Mills is also set to include teenage centre-back Tom Allan in his first-team squad for only the second time.