Peter Taylor relieved to have secured league safety despite Gills defeat at Preston

Peter Taylor said he was disappointed to lose 3-1 to Preston on Saturday but delighted to hear that the Gills status in Sky Bet League One had been confirmed.

John Welsh’s opener was cancelled out by Cody McDonald’s equaliser just before the interval, but the hosts regained the lead through Paul Gallagher before substitute Neil Kilkenny sealed the points with a close range finish.

Speaking after the game Peter said: “Before half time we showed some excellent things and could have scored some goals. Two bad goals in the second half which is disappointing for me but overall I’m just pleased with the outcome.

“I’m delighted we have stayed up, I don’t like losing a Football match but I take in to account the opposition and I thought some of the things about our performance was good.

“Some of the things were not good; we gave two very cheap goals away which is what we’ve done in our season which is why we are in the position we are in.”

Peter praised the players for their consistent hard work and dedication since he arrived at the Football Club, and said staying in the division was always his primary focus.

He added: “It was more a case of making sure we remain in the division and regroup and I think the players have worked exceptionally hard to get 52 points.

“We can still get 55 and all of a sudden we can pick up a place or two but overall the players deserve a lot of credit. I know they have been inconsistent but that’s not deliberate.”