Gills boss pleased to claim victory as Bayo double secures maximum points at Prenton Park

Peter Taylor praised the effort of his players and the support his team were given following the 2-1 win over Tranmere on Friday evening.

Goals either side of half time from Bayo Akinfenwa put the Gills in the driving seat, and although Ryan Lowe pulled one back for the hosts after seeing centre back Jim McNulty sent off, they were unable to beat Stuart Nelson for a second time.

Speaking after the game Peter said: “It’s lovely that it’s finished and we got three points but we made awfully hard work of it.

"The effort was fantastic, we conceded a really bad goal that made it a very nervous finish and we’ve got to get better than that.

“To be fair the players said the wind changed where the ball was going which is why we didn’t clear it, but overall we’ve got to be pleased with three points and we’ve just got to take our chances a bit more.

“He [Akinfenwa] has been first class all the time, of course he has been a touch frustrated that he hasn’t started many matches and he understood the situation when I first came here that Danny Kedwell carried on scoring goals in every game which is why he got first pick.

“I just felt at times that it didn’t suit them to play together so he has been ever so patient but he has been very professional and determined in training so it was good for him to get that chance.

“Two good goals – he got the header from the second one which he finished himself so he did well and led the line ever so well.

"He was just getting a little bit tired at the end, we were just about to take him off when he went down himself but I’m sure he will be OK.

“It’s just a bit of cramp.”

Myles Weston however is more of a concern after being replaced by Antonio German in the first half, and Peter revealed his injury may keep him out of the club’s next fixture.

He added: “It’s not a bad hamstring but it is a hamstring so that will make him a doubt for Boxing Day which is a big frustration for us.

“You feel sorry for yourselves at times, you get injuries but I’m sure all clubs have slight injuries and will be missing players over the Christmas period.

“It certainly tests you more but certainly makes the selection easier!

“When he [German] first came on he looked really dangerous and I felt for him a little bit because he hasn’t played much Football and then he has to play 70 minutes with a lot of running so he was very tired at the end.

“I’ve just been explaining to him that that’s the game we are in; you’ve got to run around and work extremely hard to be a player.

“I said earlier in the week that there was a good feeling last Saturday around Priestfield.

"I think the supporters played a massive part and helped us have the confidence to come here and put on a performance and that’s rewarded the supporters who have come here.”