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GREGORY: TEAM SPIRIT IS STRONG

21 December 2013

Gills midfielder says the relationship the players have is key to recent performances

Steven Gregory says the togetherness of the squad helped the players to generate the confidence needed to beat Tranmere 2-1 on Friday evening at Prenton Park.

Two goals from Bayo Akinfenwa either side of the half time interval gave the visitors the advantage, and although ten men Tranmere pulled one back through Ryan Lowe, the Gills defence were not to be beaten for a second time as they took all three points from Ronnie Moore’s team

Speaking after the game Steven said: “We never make it easy, we are 2-0 up against 10 men and we seem to be under the cosh.

“It was a little bit nervy towards the end but the result is the main thing and we came through with three points.

“It’s tough sometimes when you are not getting results. Last week was a big push for us and it really did give us confidence, I thought we played well and were unlucky not to beat a good Peterborough side.

“Coming here today we felt we could win the game and that’s what we did.”

Gregory conceded that recent injuries haven’t helped the squad but praised Bayo and Jake Hessenthaler for taking their opportunities.

He said: “Bayo will grab the headlines and rightly so because he has been very patient. Keds has been playing very well but he got his chance today and scored two very good goals so he deserves some headlines.

“It wasn’t an amazing cross but I put in an area and he did the rest.

“It’s strange really with all the injuries we have had, to key players really. The midfield is looking quite light but Jake has been fantastic.

"He has come in and looked like a senior pro, all of the lads that have come in have done really well and that shows the togetherness we have got.

“Everyone has been so impressed with Jake and he makes me look bad a lot of the time with how good he is.

“He never gives the ball away. He just looks so comfortable and his range of passing is brilliant and I’m sure he is going to have a great career.

“Everyone gets on really well and even if you’re not playing everyone wants you to do well and win.”

The Gills next game is at home to Leyton Orient on Boxing Day, and Gregory believes it’s an ideal time to play the side who have been at the top of the division for most of the season so far.

He added: “I think that’s a good game for us, they are obviously top of the league but we have had two decent results with two good performances and I think there’s no better time for us to play them.

“We are full of confidence and everyone wants to play the best team, everyone is raring to go and hopefully we can get a result.”


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