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2 April 2013

Striker reflects on the importance of claiming three points against the Millers

Gills striker Deon Burton believes that Monday's 1-0 victory against Rotherham at MEMS Priestfield could be pivotal in deciding if the club achieves it’s pre-season goal.
Burton scored the winner midway through the first half to extend the Gills lead at the top of the league to eight points; a goal which he believes could have secured one of the most important wins this season.
He said: “The way that the results went, all in our favour, it was a big win. Really important.
“To be fair we thought that it would be a bit tougher, but we battled, and made it quite easy.
“It was totally different at their place. They dominated the game, obviously they were at home, but we still got the victory. But we were just in their faces and I think Nelson only had one save to make, and we could have scored four or five, so it was comfortable.
“For the goal, Kedwell didn’t score that, that was definitely mine! It was great, Whelpdale’s long throw works a lot and Danny was going to win it, he’s been winning every header for the last two or three games and I just gambled. It was the only goal of the game, so it was very important.
“Kedwell gives 110% every game and he’s coming back to form now, he’s scored a few goals in the last few games and he got an assist today, so hopefully he can get a few more, along with myself, and that will get us over the line.”
Burton believes that although fate lies in their own hands, the team hasn't achieved anything yet and shouldn’t get ahead of themselves. He also believes that the supporters have played a big part in getting the Gills this high in the table.
“We are very close, but it’s not done yet. Going on to the next game, another home game, hopefully all of the fans will come out again and cheer us on, they were amazing Monday. Very vocal, they got behind us, and hopefully we can do the same next week.
“I heard some rumours from some people that we haven’t scored too many goals. We’re not too bothered about that though, we’re top of the league, and we are defending from the front.
"Me and Danny, or whoever is playing up front, we will drop back, we will make sure that the ball stays up there, we will defend as an eleven.
“We’re top of the league, I’m the second top goalscorer, the team is doing very well, I’ve played over thirty games, it hasn’t been bad at all.”
To watch Deon's post match press conference click here.
To read Martin Allen's post match reaction click here.

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