Date: 12th August 2017 at 10:17pm
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Manager Gary Mills insists it’s vitally important that York City now go and build upon their commanding 5-0 weekend victory at Bradford Park Avenue.

The Minstermen completely ran riot prior to the break with Daniel Parslow, Amari Morgan-Smith (2) and skipper Sean Newton each on target before home defender Luca Havern later headed a Louis Almond cross past his own goalkeeper.

“It’s about starting the game right because I think it dictates how the game goes,” an understandably satisfied Mills told BBC Radio York. “And we started really, really well.

“Obviously 4-0 at half-time, it changes a little bit with the wind,” he added. “We got another one – an OG. Louis’ [Almond] trying to claim it but we won’t let him have it. But it’s certainly lovely for the fans; they’ve turned out in their numbers and they haven’t seen that for a long time.

“So we’ve got to build on what I thought was an excellent first-half. I thought we dictated and dominated, wanted to score, kept a clean-sheet – they didn’t look like they were going to score. So overall really pleased.

“The fans have come in number again today and seen their team score a lot of goals and keep a clean-sheet and go home with three points,” he continued. “[They’ve] not had a lot of them recently and we want a lot more. So a big thanks to them again because with them and together we can go and win more games.”

However, there were still a couple of concerns for the visitors with left-back Alex Whittle having to be replaced midway through the second-half due to a slight Achilles problem, while fellow defender Hamza Bencherif was later sent-off for pulling back former York striker Adam Boyes.

“He [Whittle] should be okay, we’re just monitoring him really,” Mills confirmed. “You never know with Achilles injuries. But it’s nothing major.”

Meanwhile, Bencherif, who was dismissed on 73 minutes following a couple of bookable offences, was still expected to be available for the midweek visit of Darlington as his one-game suspension doesn’t immediately come into operation.

Audio Link: BBC Radio York