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MARTIN ALLEN POST CHARLTON

5 August 2012

Gills boss gives his thoughts following 1-0 win

Gills Manager Martin Allen was encouraged by his side’s performance over Charlton Athletic after seeing his players defeat the Championship team 1-0 at MEMS Priestfield. 
Danny Kedwell scored the only goal mid-way through the first half following a long throw from Charlie Lee, but the Gills reduced the Addicks to very few chances during the entire game and the manager was pleased with how his players performed. Speaking after the game he said: 
“It was good for our supporters to see us win a game and keep a clean sheet against our local rivals. The players deserve all the credit because they are the ones who tried to put our work into practice. “We tried to play a bit of football but they played the diamond system in midfield which made it difficult for us to pass it, so that’s something we need to look at if the opposition do that. “Overall it was a really good team performance – all of the lads that came off the bench played well too so it was a good effort from everybody. “You don’t get points or prizes but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist if you watch that to notice we restricted them to very few chances. It was important to have discipline and defend as a unit to not let them through.” 
The manager is looking forward to getting into competitive football in 10 days time when the Gills travel to Bristol City, and explained what the squad will be doing between now and then. He said: “That’s my birthday so I can’t wait! It’s great going to a championship side in the cup but we have another game here Tuesday so the players are in Sunday at 9.30am for a warm down session in the swimming pool to get the tiredness out of their bodies. “We have a double session Monday, we’re all off Tuesday when we play again and it’s going along OK. “We played the Royal Engineers last week and that gave us a good dress rehearsal with how we want to set up the dressing room, who is going to clean it and all of that. “We had a bit of sunshine, no hassle, no stress, no yellow cards and a good disciplined performance. It was a good day for the club.”

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