Dagenham & Redbridge lucky to triumph says York City boss Gary Mills

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 March 2017

York City manager Gary Mills (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

York City manager Gary Mills (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Minstermen manager believes there was little between his relegation-threatened squad and promotion hopefuls Daggers

Jon Parkin of York City beats Craig Robson of Dagenham & Redbridge to a header (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) Jon Parkin of York City beats Craig Robson of Dagenham & Redbridge to a header (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge were fortunate to win on Saturday, according to York City boss Gary Mills.

The Essex club emerged victorious from their National League clash with the Minstermen at Victoria Road thanks to a late Frankie Raymond goal.

York, though, saw both Amari Morgan-Smith and Dan Parslow hit the woodwork, albeit the latter after an error in judgement from Daggers keeper Elliot Justham.

And Mills believes City, who are battling relegation, were unlucky not to take at least a point from their trip to promotion-chasing Daggers.

“I think that’s tough on us and we’ve ended up losing to maybe one bit of quality from their lad with the goal,” said the former Wrexham manager.

“We’ve hit the bar, hit the post and I couldn’t see us losing the game. I thought we were going to win it and with the balls into their box, we had the chances to do it.

“Their lad has used a bit of quality to get them the goal. It’s disappointing, but I’ll tell the fans, and I’ve told the players, we’ll keep fighting, battling away.”

York appeared to have defended well in the build-up to Raymond’s goal, initially showing the midfielder on to his weaker right foot.

However, it seemed at the crucial moment that Minstermen defender Sean Newton covered across too far, giving Raymond a sight of goal with his trusted left foot.

And though Mills knows the goal could have been prevented, he did pay credit to the Daggers playmaker for the way he took the strike.

“You have to stay switched on and you always look back, thinking if you could have stopped a goal, but the lad’s done well on the edge of the box,” added the York boss.

“We had two or three chances ourselves, so it’s a disappointing day for us.”

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