Gills boss delighted to see new recruit score...Martin Allen said it was a fantastic sight to see on loan striker Cody McDonald score in front of the Rainham End on his second debut for the club to help earn a point at the weekend.
His 85th minute header rescued a point for the Gills in the 1-1 draw against York after Charlie Lee had inadvertently struck the ball beyond Stuart Nelson from a corner kick in the first half.
McDonald came off the bench to score from a Myles Weston cross, and Martin was pleased to see the fans welcome him back in style.
He said: “We knew Cody was going to go on at some stage, he hasn’t played for a few weeks but he has been sharp in training. It was a great goal, he’s a great lad and he’s been good all week.
“It was great to see him get on and score at the Rainham End in front of all our supporters, a fantastic moment for him and he will play on Tuesday of course.
“All of us, me included, will be saying that we want three points and we didn’t do this or that and that’s only right. Well done for Cody, well done for the second half performance but I think everybody knows we need more and we can do better.
“The Chairman has worked really hard on that deal to be fair god bless him.”
With Cody, Steven Gregory and Leon Legge having arrived during the January transfer window, Martin conceded that a couple of players will be leaving the club, although was reluctant to reveal who exactly could depart.
He said: “I don’t think its right to talk about them at this moment in time but we have bought players in so you have to balance it out. It’s frustrating for them if they are not playing.
“A couple of our other players have been offered deals at other clubs in the last 48 hours but that hasn’t unsettled the camp, I can’t name them at the moment for obvious reasons but a couple of players who were not on the bench, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work that one out.
“On Monday/Tuesday a couple may be out, we had too many players in the squad. The players have been absolutely fantastic on the periphery and we have tried to look after them and manage them but after a while they want to play.
“It’s understandable as they are good players so it’s only fair to them to give them the opportunity to move them on and maybe get themselves contracts somewhere else for next season. That’s what we have been looking to do.”