York City manager Gary Mills dedicated the Boxing Day triumph over North Ferriby United to the Club’s long suffering supporters.
The Minstermen claimed their first away victory in all competitions at the 36th attempt on Monday afternoon courtesy of Aarran Racine’s early header which in turn lifted the side off the bottom of the National League table.
Speaking following the hard-fought victory, the 55-year-old said he was pleased to finally secure that win and quick to thank the fans for their continued support through difficult times.
“It feels good,” Mills told to Minstermen PlayerHD. “We’ve won a game of football which we haven’t done for a while.”
“My message to the fans is thank you so much for your support today, it means so much. I didn’t hear one negative and I have to be honest even when we were at Bromley and we were awful I didn’t hear one then.
“They have got to take so much credit for that because it’s so easy as a supporter, particularly given what they’ve been through, not just this season, but last, to moan and get on the players’ backs, but they’ve been unbelievable.
“I said a couple of weeks we’ve got to do this together and get out of this together and boy are we!”
On the performance itself, the former Nottingham Forest midfielder revealed his delight at the way in which is side battled their way to all three points on a difficult playing surface at Grange Lane.
“We have had to win a game in a different way today because the pitch was horrendous,” Mills said.
“We should have had the match finished at half time though, we played well on a difficult surface and created chances.
“We knew in the second half the ball would come back at us and we would need to deal with it and put our bodies on the line which we did.
“It’s another step to where we want to get to. We are now three games unbeaten and managed to secure another clean sheet. It’s my favourite result, 1-0 away from home.
He added: “I think the biggest thing is that we now believe we can win games. I honestly believe back in August, September, October we wouldn’t have won this game.
“I’ve got better players now and there’s a spirit amongst the dressing room, the lads are actually playing for one another.”
The two-time Wembley winner meanwhile understands the importance of the three points to the Minstermen against their danger zone rivals and hopes that his side can record back to back victories when the Villagers visit Bootham Crescent on New Year’s Day for the reverse fixture.
“It’s an important result for us and lifts us off the bottom which is nice,” added Mills.
“We now prepare for the next match and hopefully another three points. We know if we can pick up another three points it will make a massive difference to how the league looks.
“There’s still a lot of hard work to do and I’m not getting carried away but why shouldn’t I enjoy this, I’ve been waiting a while for this myself.
“I’ve told the players to enjoy a beer tonight because they’ve earned it. I certainly hope every York City fan, whether here today or not, can enjoy their drink too.”