Peter Taylor praises players for never say die attitude after late Cody McDonald goal earns a point against Walsall

Gills Manager Peter Taylor said his players deserved credit for the way they kept going after a last gasp equaliser clinched a 2-2 draw with Walsall at MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Sunday.

Cody McDonald bagged his second of the game deep in to stoppage time when substitute Julian Gray felt he had clinched all three points with a goal in the 90th minute.
Peter was proud of the side’s persistence and felt a point was a good result.

Speaking after the game he said: “Walsall are a very good team and play some terrific football – we were expecting it and for half an hour they were a very good team.

“After that we got better and we started not allowing them to play as much football as they did. The second half was terrific on our part; we started it right and of course scored a good goal that helped the players’ confidence.

“We just kept going, in the end we have conceded two goals which were poor and those are things we have to learn from.

“The players never stop, they kept on believing and they deserve a load of credit for that.

“At times we are making wrong decisions which is why we are conceding late and we need to look at that because we can’t keep doing it.

“I don’t think we are having a great deal of luck either in the respect of certain injuries we are getting and players having to come off due to a slight knock.

“We are certainly not having a lucky season, Cody hit the bar, Chris Whelpdale hit the bar and there was a chance that nearly made it 3-2 right at the death and that was really encouraging.

"Overall I’ve got a lot of respect for the opposition, they looked a good team but we kept going and we just need to stop making silly mistakes.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, that’s Football – if you don’t make the right decisions you will get punished no matter what level you’re at.”