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CHARLIE: "WE WANT TO IMPROVE"

10 September 2012

Gills midfielder delighted to bounce back with victory at Barnet...

Gills midfielder Charlie Allen says it was a good feeling to bounce back from a defeat against Crawley last week with a win over bottom of the league Barnet on Saturday.

Danny Kedwell, Jack Payne and Deon Burton were all on target for the visitors as the Gills ran out 3-1 winners at Underhill, and Charlie said the fans have also helped in generating an atmosphere similar to what they receive at Priestfield.

Speaking after the game he said:

“It’s brilliant to come away and win 3-1. We were disappointed to lose away at Crawley on Tuesday in the JPT – obviously it’s the same in any cup as we want to win but to bounce back on our travels to win again is brilliant.

“Today was like Dagenham as we felt like the home team – the fans made it feel like our own.”

The heat made conditions tough for both sets of players, but the midfielder said the backroom staff have helped enormously in advising the players how much fluid to take on.

He added: “To play in the heat is nicer to play in than the snow or drizzle but it does kill you a bit with the sweating and the salt intake, but the fitness team here are unbelievable so they are constantly making you drink.

“When you think you can’t drink any more water they tell you that we will need it – they are top notch, doing a great job and keeping us energised.

“We’ve got James Russell [Strength and Conditioning Coach] who I worked with last year at Notts County and I’ve never known such a meticulous person in his job.”

Finally Charlie summed up how he is playing so far this season, and described his assist which led to Danny Kedwell scoring the second goal of the game.

He said: “Kedwell knocked the ball who played it to Charlie Lee who played a quality ball in behind and luckily we got it in the net so if you work hard it will come for you.

“The aim is to keep going uphill with your improvements so I need to see what the manager and coaches say but for now hopefully I’m doing alright.”


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