York City boss Gary Mills believes the wider perception that his side will be unable to pull off a result at high-flying Dover Athletic could well play into his team’s hands on Saturday.
The Minstermen head for the Kent coast looking to claim only their fifth league win of the season against the division’s fifth placed team, who are also the joint highest goalscorers in the league with 55 efforts to their name.
Despite those stats, and the Club lying at the foot of the National League table heading into the contest, the 55-year-old feels City could well cause an upset at the Crabble Athletic Ground.
“Not many people believe we can beat anyone in this league at the moment but let them think that because we know what we are capable of now,” he told Minstermen PlayerHD.
“People are writing us off and sometimes that can be a positive. It gets my adrenaline going and makes me want to prove them wrong. We are not going to Dover to draw, but to win the game.
“Yes, it’s always tough against Dover because they play a man marking game that I’ve never seen anyone play before, and have a striker who is the hottest property in the league, but it’s a challenge we need to overcome.
“There are going to be times when we are going to need to put our bodies on the line on Saturday there’s no doubt about it because they get the ball forward very early and have strikers who are on fire.
“We need to ensure we have more of the ball and win a lot more second balls than we did on Sunday to enable us to go and hurt them.”
He added: “The most important thing is that we are not hiding behind anything and know the situation we are in.
“The disappointment of losing last Sunday can’t linger. We have to build ourselves up and head to Dover in a positive frame of mind and fight for everything.
“Nobody gives a damn at the moment how we play, it’s about the result and everyone one we get will be down to possibly winning ugly if we can.”
With the Minstermen propping up the fifth tier table with just 21 points from their opening 27 games, the manager meanwhile has earmarked a number of wins that the team must achieve from the final 19 fixtures of the season to give themselves a chance of pulling clear of trouble.
“It’s always around the 50 mark so we are going to need nine wins, maybe ten,” he expressed.
“We’ve only won four this season so we certainly need to turn that around but we can turn it around and are capable of turning it around.
“We have been close to getting some wins out of the games we’ve drawn and so now we need to turn them into wins.
“We’ve got to remain positive and still are around the dressing room.”
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