York City boss Gary Mills was delighted with his side’s resolute display as they held off Grimsby Town to earn a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Bootham Crescent.
|“It was a massive win for us and I`d like to give tremendous credit to every single one of the players that came in” – Gary Mills|
Mills made five changes from the team so unluckily defeated at Premier League Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup at the weekend.
And one of those returning, Leon Constantine, netted the winner from a superbly taken effort during the first-half.
“I was absolutely over the moon with the performance. I thought the lads were magnificent and on the front foot from the very start,” Mills told The Press. “I felt the 1-0 win flattered them. It was a massive win for us and I`d like to give tremendous credit to every single one of the players that came in.”
Also back in the starting eleven were Peter Till, Danny Racchi and Andre Boucaud, while there was also a full debut for latest signing Jamie Reed.
However, it was the far more seasoned Constantine who grabbed the all-important strike on nineteen minutes with a measured finish for his fifth goal in just six starts.
“Leon Constantine`s goal was pure quality. I like Leon,” added Mills. “He`s had a good career and I think he can go on for a good few years yet, because he`s got a great attitude. Every time I put him on the pitch he seems to score and is sending me a message.”
One player notable by his absence was on loan midfielder Robbie Weir, who has returned to parent club Sunderland.
“I could not reach an agreement with Robbie to stay here before this match,” confirmed Mills. “I still hope something can be done but, if not, we will move on and Andre Boucaud was fantastic in midfield last night.”