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21 March 2013

Striker pleased to get on the score sheet at Rochdale

Gills striker Danny Kedwell said he feels the club have gone through the most difficult part of the season to date with three successive long away trips, and is pleased the team have got results from all three.

Gillingham drew 0-0 with Exeter before sharing the points at Morecambe with a 1-1 result before the same score line was contested at Rochdale on Tuesday evening.

Kedwell grabbed the equaliser at Spotland and said now the players just need to stick at it and remain focussed as the games begin to run down.

He said: “It’s another point on the board and that’s what we need to keep doing. It’s near the end now so we need to keep doing what we have been.

“It’s been the hardest part of the season with three away games on the trot and we have managed to get points from all three so that’s good.

“They [Rochdale] are a very good footballing side and probably the best footballing side that we have played against, they seem to knock the ball about very well.

“I’ve been in and out of the team, I was injured for a month, came back for two games and was then left out but to come back in and get a goal was good and hopefully it’s not the last either.

“Once you get one hopefully I go on a run and I’d like to get towards that 20. I’m not saying I am but I’ll get nearer to it and if I do then I know we’ve had a good season.

“It’s not just about the 11 on the pitch; it’s the subs and the coaches too.

“I’m waiting for that final whistle in the next few games which says we are automatically promoted and then it takes a bit of pressure off and then I’m sure you will see a completely different Gillingham side when we know we are promoted.

“You can then go in and enjoy yourselves, it’s such a nice buzz playing football when you know you are promoted and then you can push on to be champions.”

The forward briefly touched on the incident towards the end of the game which saw Andy Frampton sent off for an off the ball incident involving Bobby Grant, but Kedwell said he didn’t think the midfielder did anything wrong.

He added:  “He’s a lovely bloke – he’s a winner but he wouldn’t do anything to harm anyone. He didn’t raise his arm or his head, he used his chest and the bloke has gone down holding his face which does get people sent off.

“I feel sorry for Frammo but I’m sure he will get on with it, he’s an experienced pro.”

Finally Danny commented on the upcoming fixture against Accrington on Saturday and is expecting a tough encounter.

He said: “It’s so hard playing the teams at the bottom but we need to make sure we are up for it and it will be an interesting game. We would rather be playing at home aswell being top of the league.

“It will be a good buzz and atmosphere for us aswell.”

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To read what Martin Allen had to say about the game click here.

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