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28 March 2013

Club News


28 March 2013

Martin Allen satisfied with away form ahead of Fleetwood trip

Martin Allen has said it could be a `special weekend` with the Gills facing two games in the space of three days over the Easter holidays.

Gillingham travel to Fleetwood tomorrow in preparation for Saturday’s game at Highbury before Rotherham travel down to Priestfield for Monday’s fixture.

Despite the quick turnaround Martin says he will not be altering his tactics and is more than aware of the fact that Fleetwood need to win the game to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive.

He said: “We travel up there tomorrow morning and leave pretty early because there is the possibility of traffic.

“They have needed a few days off – they came in and trained early Tuesday morning very lightly and then we went off to a gym up the road to do a spin class.

"I now need to pick a team, train them, coach them and get them put together ready for our trip up north.

“We don’t get tired; all there will be is fresh faces. We have a squad, we pay a squad and all of them have played in winning teams so I have no fear about using our players.

“We have been playing well away from home in the second half of matches and in the first half have been doing OK. We haven’t come in winning at half time and have had to change things so we need to improve.

“I don’t look at next week or the league table; I just study DVD’s and watch our team play and work out how to get better.

“That’s what we have done since day one and that’s what we have to continue to do.

“We’ll ask the players and get their opinion. We are playing alright, we haven’t been playing rubbish. Some of them have been very good team performances away from home and I suppose you’re not going to dominate for 95 minutes away, but I want to.

“They are the ones that have to go over that white line and do it. I ask them, it’s not all from me or John Schofield and Carl Muggleton – we all contribute and the players have to because they are the ones that have the responsibility.

“The bottom line is that I have to make the decisions but Nelson, Frampton, Kedwell, Burton and Barrett have played hundreds and hundreds of league games so I’d be mad if I didn’t ask.

“They have got to win, but that’s them. All I am focussed on is us – I haven’t spoken to anybody about Monday yet, that’s not even in my plans, it’s just concentrating on Saturday and preparing the team I have picked and doing the job.

“We won’t change our tactics, we have been doing OK away from home but I want to win. We have drawn three away, have played solid but we can do better, and we will do better; I’m not changing our tactics for anyone.

“We haven’t stopped working, I told them all last week that everyone is working all the way through and there is no let up. You can forget all this Easter stuff – move on, do your job. We are training and working all the time and getting ready for it.

“It will be a special weekend.”

Watch the first part of Martin’s press conference here.

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