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MARTIN: "PLAYERS DESERVE THE CREDIT"

24 March 2013

Manager delighted for his players after achieiving three points at Priestifield.

Martin Allen has said that the players deserve all the credit for recent results and paid tribute to the squad for forming such a strong bond on and off the field.

Matt Fish’s first half goal was enough to take all three points from Accrington Stanley 1-0 at MEMS Priestfield on Saturday afternoon, and the Manager was visually proud of the fact the Gills had moved eight points clear at the top of the league.

He said: “Eight points clear is it? Blimey that’s good. I honestly haven’t checked. We have a big weekend next weekend when we go away to Fleetwood, and next Monday we play Rotherham here and we are all looking forward to that.

“We all look after each other, support each other and work hard together. We are a team of blokes and staff and we have great backing.

“The Gillingham players deserve all of the credit; they have been absolutely fantastic since day one.

“It’s been a team effort from the goalkeeper, the back four, the midfield players and their efforts to the forwards with their work rate. It has been a commitment from everybody really.

“You can single out the keeper and the centre-backs but the full backs have to stop the crosses. The central midfield players have to stop the balls in to feet around the box, the wide players have to track the full backs and the forwards have to stop the centre-backs from getting the ball back easily.

“They have a real job to do and that’s what we have built it on, and if you don’t want to do that then you don’t play really.”

Martin was able to welcome back a few players from injury, one of which being Myles Weston who looked lively when he came on in the second half, and the Manager is pleased to have him back.

He said: “Myles is a good player, he has worked really hard. I changed the team around again today – Burton played and did really well and with the German coming on near the end he freshened things up.

“Myles will need a few days training now to get him up to match speed because no doubt over the Easter weekend he will have a very important part to play.

“We all know that Myles make goals, he scores goals and he is a match winner so we have definitely missed him for six or seven games and the pace he has got.”

To read Martin’s immediate reaction to beating Accrington click here.


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