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7 April 2013

Gills boss not content with promotion and is now eager to clinch the title

Martin Allen said there would not be any special celebrations following the 1-0 win over Torquay which was enough to seal promotion to League One.

Danny Kedwell’s early second half strike helped to clinch the all important points which sparked an outpour of emotion at the final whistle.

However Martin insists there is still work to do and is now aiming to win the Championship.

He said: “We’re not finished yet, I can assure you and we are all looking forward to going down to Cheltenham next week.

“I suppose everybody on the outside will say its `pop champagne and go somewhere posh` but that’s not my style.

“I’ve got a little Chinese takeaway in Gillingham that I normally go to and go home – crash out on the sofa and watch `Match of the Day.`

“There won’t be any fireworks around my house; we’ll just get ready for training. We have given them a couple of days off, train Tuesday and make changes to the team that played today for next week.

“We’ve still got more work to do, there was a school of thought that let’s just get promoted – chuck the kids in who have been working so hard during the season, who cares? But the players didn’t want it, we didn’t want it and thank god the players came back with a positive attitude.

“The drive and the focus for the last few weeks has only been for one thing and that hasn’t been about promotion. It’s to go the whole way and get as many points as we can for every game that we play.

“We will go full out to win it and that’s what will happen from now until the end of the season. We don’t want to lose any game I can assure you of that, the players are looking forward to next Saturday, and all of us are.

“I honestly did think for 30-35 minutes that was probably as good as we could have played in the circumstances and the tension at this time of year is right through every ground in the country.

“I thought we were fantastic in the first half and it was a brilliant goal by Danny Kedwell. Being a Gillingham supporter and a Gillingham lad it was fantastic that he got the winning goal.

“I didn’t have any nerves personally, I knew the players had enough in their locker to come back and keep going because they are relentless and I also had Deon Burton and Charlie Lee to come on.

“Frampton when he came on was fantastic in central midfield; he really settled the team down with some decisive tackling and some very good passing. I thought he was superb, we have got this squad – they can all play, they all do play and there will be more changes next week for the Cheltenham game.”

To watch Martin's post match press conference click here.

For the thoughts of Chairman Paul Scally click here.

To see what Danny Kedwell had to say regarding his goal click here.

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