Charlie Allen praises Adam Birchall for Fleetwood display

Charlie Allen praised striker Adam Birchall following the 2-2 draw against Fleetwood on Saturday.

The striker was unlucky not to score himself but played a big part in setting up Danny Kedwell for Gillingham’s first goal at Highbury Stadium.

Charlie said it was good to see the centre forward playing so well but paid tribute to the efforts of the entire playing staff who have worked hard on increasing their fitness.

He said: “Birchy is normally one of the last players at the training ground every day, he has one of the best work ethics I have seen and technically he is unbelievably good in small sided games and it was nice to see him come out and put in another good performance for us.

“I thought he did really well, worked his nuts off defensively, set up Keds for his goal with a brilliant bit of skill that only Birch could do in our team and it was nice for him to earn the assist which I thought he deserved.

“Everyone has worked hard on their fitness and everyone can run box to box, everyone can create their own opportunities from crosses and set pieces. Everyone is capable of getting in and around the box to make themselves the chances.

“They don’t just come and it’s not by chance that we have this many goal scorers, everyone has worked hard to get in the box and make the opportunities for themselves.”

Charlie went on to briefly mention today's visitors Rotherham United before suggesting that promotion in itself, should it be achieved, is the very least he is aiming for.

He said: “They have some very good players, the Manager has proved himself aswell and Nardiello is on fire. The boys are aware of him so when they come to our place hopefully our fans replicate what theirs did at their place and, minus the injuries, it will be a good competitive game.

“I feel like I’m doing alright, the team is really strong and hopefully we can take three points off Rotherham and take another step towards League One.

“It’s starting to creep in to your minds but it’s never done until it’s done. We want to get the `c` by our name, go up as champions and I want that medal badly so promotion isn’t really good enough for me.”