We were second best, admits Mills
MANAGER Gary Mills admitted York were second best from start to finish against Argyle at Home Park on Saturday.
He thought the Pilgrims, without a win in their previous nine games, wanted the three points more than his team did.
It was only York's second away defeat in League Two this season and came after a 3-2 success at Rochdale seven days earlier.
Mills sent out exactly the same starting line-up against Argyle as he did at Rochdale but with a totally different outcome.
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He said: "We were second best from start to finish. They (Argyle) won all the second balls.
"Obviously, that's disappointing. If you are going to be second best, as we were, then we are going to end up losing games.
"Plymouth thoroughly deserved the three points and we got what we deserved – absolutely nothing."
Mills continued: "We passed the ball very well last week, but we got the ball in the first place to enable us to play.
"Saturday was totally different. They were in our faces from the word go. They didn't allow us to pass the ball.
"When it's like that, you sometimes have to hook it on and put their back four under pressure.
"My back four were under pressure for the 90 minutes today because we didn't do that. It's not complicated, it's simple.
"We have to be better than we were, just by anticipating where that ball is going to be and get there first."
York only had one shot on target all game as they rarely troubled the Pilgrims' defence.
Mills added: "It's a bad day for us. It's a long way to come down here and perform like that, but it has happened.
"We have to learn you can't play without the ball and I think
Plymouth wanted the ball more than we did.
"We prepared right. We came down Friday, but we didn't seem switched on from the word go, for some reason.
"We were sloppy when we did get the ball. Our quality wasn't good enough. That's certainly not what we are about, and it's hard to take when it happens.
"It's a long way home now and we will be doing a lot of talking. Every one of my players will know whether they were switched on or not.
"We didn't look it. They seemed hungrier than us and I think that's what hurts."