Gills Captain not taking Accrington Stanley lightly

Adam Barrett says he is under no illusions as to how difficult this afternoon’s game will be considering who he is up against.

The skipper will be marking one of two former England Internationals and says the team must remain solid and focussed throughout to get a positive result.

He said: “They’ve got some quality up top now so it will be a difficult afternoon. Francis Jeffers has hit a bit of form and scored two last time out so we’re going to have to make sure we are solid at the back and hopefully we can keep them quiet.

“They are fighting for their lives at the bottom, sometimes they are the toughest games to play in.

“They are scrapping for everything, working that little bit harder and they have brought in a bit of quality up front. They are going to be a difficult game, we know that and teams have come here when we have been struggling and caused us problems.

“They will probably take a draw before the game, of course they would, but down at the bottom you need as many points as possible and they’ve got that quality up front where they believe they can score some goals.

“They work extremely hard, they’ll be resolute and hard to break down and that is something we will have to overcome if we want to win the game.”

Barrett said the fans helped the team to produce a big performance during their last home game against Plymouth and hopes to repay their support once more as they look to extend their advantage at the top of the table.

He said: “I thought the atmosphere in the last home game was fantastic. I thought the supporters were tremendous and really got behind the team and I thought it was the best performance we have had here for a long while which was pleasing.

“They can be a big help to you when they are right behind you and urging you on.

“Sometimes in games, especially when teams come and make it difficult it can be frustrating, but in the last game really made a difference and hopefully they can come out in numbers Saturday and we can give them a performance, hopefully three points and that will be a step closer to where we want to be.”

To read what else Adam had to say on today's game click here.

For Martin Allen's pre match press conference click here.