Mills hails defender Carlisle

Mills: Happy with Carlisle showing

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York defender Clarke Carlisle came in for special praise from manager Gary Mills following his performance at Bradford.

PFA chairman Carlisle, 33 on Sunday, made a howler that led directly to a goal in last week's heavy Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Coventry after being recalled to Mills' starting line-up, but bounced back with a solid display in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Valley Parade.

Carlisle, who has made only five league appearances for the Minstermen since arriving in the summer following his release from Burnley, is contracted to York until January.

"Clarke knows he gave away a silly goal the other night, but he was big and brave enough to come back from that and put his head on the block," Mills said after the game.

"It takes a big man and character to do that and I was pleased with him on Saturday."

Mills added: "We gave the game to Coventry last Tuesday, but the response at Bradford proved that it didn't bother the players. We've shown in this league that, if we don't win, we are certainly a tough team to beat."