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MARTIN: "WE NEED TO MAINTAIN STANDARDS"

4 October 2013

Gills Manager eager to build on win over Crewe

Martin Allen says he wants his players to maintain the levels of performance that saw the Gills achieve their first win of the season against Crewe last Saturday.


ensured maximum points to propel the club up the league table, but Martin wants the team to follow it up with another strong display.3-0 win at the Alexandra StadiumA


He said: “After six full days work we gave them the day off on Monday and then we were back in and full on for the rest of the week.


“They have been confident and happy but we are well aware we have to continue that.


“We need to be technically and physically good enough and mentally be strong enough to go out there and show what we can do.


“We have gone back to good old fashioned values. I was reading a football management book and low and behold right through the third chapter it was talking about Arsene Wenger’s values and standards off the field to create a good atmosphere to play on the field.


“We have had to go back and re-examine everything and look at it and it’s my job to put all of it in place.



biggest weights you have ever seen and coming out looking like Muhammad Ali.  “It’s not just effort and going in the gym at 9 o’clock, lifting the


“It’s just general behaviour, conduct and a sense of mind.”


Martin said that, on the whole, the club’s performances have been consistent this season, and was delighted to see the collective efforts rewarded with three points.


He said: “It did please me, and it was a bit of a relief aswell. Everyone thinks you will be jumping for joy on the bus but everyone was tired and we had worked hard for six days to put that together and you have a little smile but you are straight back in to the work.


“You have to keep going, maintain the standards, keep pushing each other and that’s what we aim to do.


“We have had three good draws and several good performances. One was absolute pants but the rest haven’t been too bad, clubs with multi million pound budgets are well below us in the league.



“We are doing alright.


“We have had a tough start and played against tough teams, these boys are doing well. We will twist it, turn it, adjust it and the players have to have ownership.


“I did fine two players last week for being late for training for the first time since I have been here, and on Friday morning I gave them their money back.


“No one has got carried away; they are a pretty humble group. You have to remember we were top of the league last year for nine and a half months and I think we all agreed that we would continue the same work ethic, re-visit the same work that we did last week and continue to work at the same standards that we have done.


“They are a down to earth group, and all of us, me included, have had a kick up the back side.


“It’s one win, I don’t want one win – I want a lot of wins.”



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