Mills unhappy with police decision

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Gary Mills saw his York side lose on penalties to Doncaster
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Gary Mills saw his York side lose on penalties to Doncaster

York City manager Gary Mills was unhappy after claiming that the police had decided the end at which penalties should be taken following a spot-kick shootout which led to his team's Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Doncaster.

The tie had finished 1-1 after extra-time at the Keepmoat Stadium, before Rovers won 4-2 on penalties.

Mills said: "I thought we would toss a coin for ends but I was told that the police had decided it should take place at the home fans' end. We were a bit aggrieved by that but it's over now and we have to get on with preparing for a big game on Saturday."

In the shootout York duo Michael Coulson and Matty Blair skied their shots high over the bar giving Rovers victory after they had converted all four of their penalty attempts to add to the equaliser they scored in normal time - which also came from the spot.

York had snatched the lead in the 66th minute when Coulson cut inside from the right and unleashed a cracking left foot shot which flew into the top corner. Doncaster levelled through Chris Brown' penalty in the 73rd minute.

Mills added: "We might have lost but there were lots of positives to come out of the game for us. Doncaster were a Championship side last season, but to be honest, I couldn't see them scoring and in the end it's penalties that's cost us.

"We are all disappointed with the result but we have got to move on and get ready for our first match back in the league at home to Wycombe next Saturday. It will be a big day for the club and we can't wait because our fans turned out in force and gave us great support.

"I thought we acquitted ourselves well and got our noses in front with a great goal and I hope the performance will stand us in good stead for the season."

Doncaster manager Dean Saunders said: "We haven't been able to prepare as I would have liked and I would still like to sign four or five players before we kick off in the league at Walsall on Saturday. But that's not taking anything away from York. They are a good side and they established a winning formula last season - and I think they will do well again this time.

"We finished the game with a couple of teenagers in defence but I thought we did well at the back in the circumstances and we will be stronger there when we make a signing next week. It was good preparation for us because we will be one of the bigger names in League One this season and teams are going to come here and defend."

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