Date: 23rd September 2017 at 8:03pm
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Manager Gary Mills admitted that York City were always second-best during their 2-0 defeat at neighbours Harrogate Town.

The Minstermen were backed by a huge travelling contingent, but once again let their supporters down badly as they were comfortably brushed aside by the league leaders at a completely sold-out CNG Stadium.

“We were second-best today,” Mills told BBC Radio York. “Having said that, they’ve not created chance after chance. We’ve had a couple of chances and ended up giving a penalty away – which looked like a foul [by Harrogate] before Jon [Worsnop] even brought him down.

“And then we’ve not stayed with the runner in the first ten minutes of the second-half, which is suicidal,” he bemoaned. “I just thought we were second-best to winning balls today and getting up playing from there. We didn’t win enough ball to do that.

“We know it’s a local derby and what it’s about. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for us today, so that’s disappointing. But the players know what a local derby’s about, we’ve all played in them.

“We’ve ended up 1v1 at the back for some reason and given a penalty away; Theo [Wharton] being last man,” Mills reflected. “I just don’t see how that happens at a time when the keeper’s made a good save off Alex Whittle.

“I’m disappointed with both goals; other than the goals they were lively and won a lot of second balls, but didn’t really test Jon [Worsnop] with all the possession that they had.

“When it’s 1-0 you stay tight for the first 10-15 minutes of the second-half. While it’s 1-0, it makes the game more difficult for them. Being 1-0 up do they drop a little bit and hold on?

“When you concede a second goal as soft as it was, and a player just runs off one of our men and gets a free shot at goal. First of all that’s unacceptable and secondly you put yourselves two goals behind in the first ten minutes – and it gives them a big lift.

“I’m disappointed that we’re eleven points behind [the leaders] and that we’ve lost today. We’ve got a long, long way to go and we have to make sure we bounce back; stick in there, keep working hard and hope we can win enough games and the teams at the top drop a few.”

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