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League Two

Bantams defeat proves costly for Mills

3 March 2013

York boss Gary Mills was sacked by the club shortly after the final whistle of his side's 2-0 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Bradford, bringing to an end his two-and-a-half-year stay with the club.

That loss meant it was 11 npower League Two games without a win for the Minstermen and Mills was left to rue missed chances in what turned out to be the 51-year-old's final match in charge.

"We've given it our best shot and we've had a few good chances and not taken them," he said.

"We end up conceding again and we've done that quite a few times this season. There was nothing in the game and we end up losing it 2-0 when there is nothing in it.

"It's disappointing on the back of two away draws and we've come home again and taken nothing."

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson was full of praise for his side as they left it to late to secure the points.

Following a 1-1 draw with Dagenham during the week, the Bantams bounced back with late strikes from James Hanson and Garry Thompson earning the victory.

The Bantams are now nine points away from the play-offs with two games in hand over their promotion rivals.

"All three points are big, but as it is a local derby and after the draw on Wednesday, I thought it was a terrific away performance," he said. "It was very professional on a difficult surface and I thought we were very disciplined and we played well defensively.

"At this stage of the season games aren't going to be too pretty and it's about being strong, committed and disciplined and it does sometimes take 75 minutes for games to open up. Especially at this stage of the season when there is so much to play for it's great to get the points."

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