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JACKMAN: WE WERE GREAT

23 September 2012

Danny Jackman talks us through the Gills 2-0 win at Vale Park

The Gills maintained their outstanding start to the season with a 2-0 win against highflying Port Vale on Saturday and midfielder Danny Jackman puts the result down to manager Martin Allen’s team ethic, “The Gaffer has tried to get us to work as a solid unit, once we all attack together, we all defend together.

“That’s what he’s tried to instil and it just goes to show when you come to a place like this, second in the league and it works. Today we were great as a unit. They had a couple of chances which they will do at their own home but I felt comfortable throughout the whole game.”

“Even when I came off, watching from the sidelines, you normally think that the last few minutes might be backs to the wall but we were comfortable. Full credit to the way that the lads have worked and the way that the Gaffer has set us up.”

Gills fans got their first glimpse of new signing USA International striker Robbie Findley at Vale Park, and Jacko admits he’s an exciting addition, “He’s a great player to bring into our squad and it just goes to show that the Chairman is helping us out by getting players in.

“Whatever the manager needs he’s going in there and helping him out and it’s great to keep the lads up front on their toes. He gives us a different dimension with his pace and I think it worked well, especially on a pitch like this because it’s a big pitch.

“I think their defenders were a bit scared of him in the first 20 minutes and it showed. It’s good for all of us to be able to play with players like that, that have come down from a higher level. So we’ll enjoy it for as long as he is here and try to make the most of him.”

Having missed out on a first team start in recent weeks, Danny clearly relished his return to the starting eleven adding, “The team have been playing well so sometimes you just can’t do much about it.

“You just have to try and keep yourself as fit as you can. My last game was probably the JPT cup game which was a long time ago, so to be able to come out and play a game out here was tough going but all the lads helped around me which was nice.”

The creative midfielder is enjoying the Gills record breaking start to the season but insists the team need to focus on one game at a time, saying, “It’s one of the best starts I’ve ever had in my career. 

“It doesn’t mean anything unless you keep the momentum going so that’s what we’re looking to do and we’ve got another tough game next weekend. All we can do is look one week ahead and overcome the team that’s in front of us.”

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