Peter Taylor reflects on the 3-1 defeat to league leaders Bristol City at Priestfield

Peter Taylor says his team must start matches better to improve consistency in results.

Gillingham were defeated 3-1 by league leaders Bristol City on Sunday, with Matt Smith striking twice before half time to give the hosts a difficult task following the interval.

Cody McDonald pulled one back but Scott Wagstaff all but sealed the points just eight minutes later.

Following the game Peter said the first half performance wasn’t good enough.

He said: “We played against a very good team; they are in good form and top of the table. They are very organised and consistent.

“We are inconsistent and we didn’t do enough in the first half to cause them any problems and it needs to be the opposite of that when teams like Bristol City come here, you need to give them a hard time.

“I think they were too good for us, we tried to get it off them in certain areas but they played around us and that was the difference.

“We gave them too much respect and I felt we should have pushed higher. I think you need your defenders to get closer to the half way line otherwise it’s impossible for the other boys to do that.

“We improved a little bit in the second half but as I said to the players after the game there are a lot of teams who don’t do so well in the first half but improve in the second half because the game is going away from them and that can’t be acceptable.

“I think you need to start the match to try and win it and I don’t think we started well enough.”

You can watch Peter's post match press conference on Player.