York City manager Gary Mills praised the new boys after watching his reshaped side battling to a well-deserved point against high-flying Gillingham for the second time this season.
|“He was in a hotel in Morecambe last night to play for Aldershot but we made a cheeky phone call and picked him up” – Gary Mills|
The Minstermen handed immediate debuts to returning loan signing Michael Rankine and fellow newcomer John McGrath, while Ashley Chambers and Jon Challinor were both recalled. They replaced injured skipper Chris Smith, midfielders Michael Potts and Patrick McLaughlin, and top scorer Jason Walker from the side humbled by Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend.
“Michael was immense. It was a big shift from him,” Mills told The Press. “His performance was outstanding and possibly what we’ve been missing a bit. He was in a hotel in Morecambe last night to play for Aldershot but we made a cheeky phone call and kit man Rob Batty drove over and picked him up.
“John was excellent. He reads the game and knows when to go into places and when to give the ball,” he continued. “It was a great, great performance from him, considering he has not played many games for a while. The two newcomers really gave us something.”
However, the performance also included outstanding displays at the back from Daniel Parslow and on loan teenager Jack O’Connell, while goalkeeper Michael Ingham recorded his 100th clean-sheet for the club.
The only downside to the evening was the loss of full-back Jon Challinor to a fractured fibula – an injury set to sideline him for around six weeks.