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HOLLANDS: TEAM SPIRIT IS STRONG

22 November 2013

Interviews

HOLLANDS: TEAM SPIRIT IS STRONG

22 November 2013

Gills on loan midfielder says current league form has given the squad confidence ahead of Oldham visit

Gills midfielder Danny Hollands says the players are in confident mood as they look to build on their impressive run of league form.

Peter Taylor’s side have won three of their last four League One fixtures, the last of which being a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

And despite suffering a surprise defeat to Brackley in the FA Cup on Monday, Hollands says the spirit with the camp is very strong.

Speaking to the club’s official website he said: “It’s been a strange week because we played Saturday and then Monday, Michael Harriman has been away on international duty and a few of the lads haven’t played in the cup so it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

“We have come in and trained hard, in the league we are in a good run of form and we need to be confident we can get the three points on Saturday.

“Obviously it was a disappointment on Monday but sometimes cup ties like that are some of the hardest games you will play.

“If they go a goal ahead it makes it so much more difficult, if we go one up in either tie it makes things a lot easier because their heads go down.

“You want a nice cup run but at the end of the day, if you ask any fan, the league is the main concern. At the moment we are 14th and we are looking forward to try and push on rather than the other way.”

Danny praised the team for the performance against Sheffield United, and said considering the circumstances, it was possibly the club’s best display of the season so far.

He added: “It’s a tough place to go, it’s a massive club and nothing should be taken away from us because it was a great performance.

“It showed the character and spirit we have in the squad and that’s three wins in the last four league matches is a team in form. We need to be positive and try to carry it on.

“Keds has gone off with an injury having scored a goal, Gregs goes off aswell but that shows the togetherness we have and we are in a good place at the moment.

“It doesn’t matter which 11 takes to the pitch or who is in the squad, everyone wants to do their best for the club.

“If one player gets injured or is not able to play someone else there wants to take the shirt. It’s a good competitiveness and it’s healthy for the manager for selection.

“For the circumstances and the things that went on throughout the game I think it was [the best performance this season]. We started really, really well and went 1-0 up but then they score and you lose your top goal scorer.

“Sometimes when you go to grounds like that it’s like playing against 12 men with their fans. We quietened them down, they got on their backs and that helped us.

“Everyone to do with the club should be pleased and proud with what we achieved.”

You can watch Danny's exclusive interview in full on Player.

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