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17 August 2013

Gills Assistant boss delighted with player application

Gills Assistant Manager John Schofield said he was pleased with the complete team display the side produced in the 1-1 draw with Brentford at MEMS Priestfield on Saturday.

A late goal from substitute Farid El Alagui stole a point for the Bees right at the death, but Scoy was pleased with the commitment and overall performance during the afternoon.

and I really enjoyed it – we spoke previously that if we kept consistent with performances then results will come our way and I think we showed that today.It was a great gameSpeaking after the game he said: “

“The fans were fantastic; it was like a cup tie atmosphere. We spoke about getting the crowd going and starting the game bright which I thought we did.

“There were some good passages of play and some positive attacking.

“That’s what we are about, playing in high intensity and getting into people’s faces and we got on the ball and showed good quality, kept it moving and we did that really well.

“We changed the point of attack very quickly and we created a number of problems for them.”

John was asked about some of the refereeing decisions during the game, in particular a last gasp penalty appeal which was turned down when Cody McDonald appeared to have been tripped inside the box.

He added: “That happens; you can go on all day about this, that and the other but I referee games in training so I know it’s not an easy job. Everyone tries to do their best and ensure every decision they make is right, but that’s Football.

“I can complain, we can complain as much as we want but that decision has been and gone. It’s Fish and Chip paper now.

“Speaking to Cody he said the lad has caught him as he has gone to strike it which has caused him to hit the ground. The referee gives what he sees and we have to stand by those decisions.”

Brentford’s goal came courtesy of a late free-kick which was eventually put in from close range, but Scoy said conceding late on shouldn’t take away how good the Gills performance was.

He said: “We can talk about that and say let’s take people out of the wall but if we do that to mark everyone and they rifle one in to the net then you’re on the other edge of the sword.

“Sometimes you throw caution to the wind and it pays off, and it did for them today. It shouldn’t detract from the performance the boys put in though, it was fantastic.

“The intensity was up there – the way we passed the ball and the tempo, that was there to be seen. You want to do better every day you go to work and the players are no different.

“Confidence wise the lads are buzzing – yes you take a hit when you get beat like any team but there is no one in there that isn’t full of himself or backing his ability.

"The confidence of the team is sky high and they can't wait to play every game."

You can watch John's post match press conference by clicking here.

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