Leon Legge talks to the media following the 3-1 defeat to Preston at Deepdale
Gills centre-back Leon Legge says securing league safety was a huge boost for the players after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Preston at Deepdale.
Peter Taylor’s side left with no points despite drawing level before the interval through Cody McDonald, however results elsewhere ensured the Gills League One position was secure with just one match left to play.
Speaking after the game Legge said: “That’s the main thing, another year in League One and at times we played some good Football.
"The first 25 minutes wasn’t the best to be honest but once we started getting the ball down and playing things started opening up and we created chances.
“We got a goal from Cody; we go in at half time 1-1 and we finished the half well playing a lot better Football. We came out in the second half and kept going. We didn’t change what we were doing.
“I could hear the crowd saying we were stating up so I gathered the results went for us. It’s disappointing to lose as I felt we could have got at least a draw.
“They got two decent goals, fair play with the second one as it’s a great strike right in the corner.”
Legge revealed he knew what type of season the club was in for having experienced life in League One before, and he wants the players to go out on a high next weekend when Shrewsbury visit Priestfield.
He added: “We have a game to go; the last one is at home so everyone wants to give something to the fans. We then have a nice little break and then back for next season.
“We are playing a lot better Football I think and the results are coming with it.
“There are a few of us with experience in League One so we knew what it was all about.
"Even though we didn’t have a good start there were games where we were losing by the odd goal but felt we could have got a point or three.
“We don’t want to leave the season on a low; we want to give the fans something to cheer about. “
Legge said he will be unaffected by the Manager’s situation in the summer, and although he would like Taylor to stay put, he has been in the same position before as he explained:
“I’ve still got another year; I’ve been in this situation before at Brentford with Andy Scott when he lost the job and Nicky Forster came in until the end of the season," he said. "It wasn’t until the start of pre-season when Uwe Rosler took over.
“I didn’t take much notice of it, I’ll just wait to come back to training and see who is there.
“I’ll switch off from Football; I’ll watch the World Cup and then I’ll get ready for pre-season.”