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2 February 2014

Gills striker wants more goals as he continues to be a threat for opposition defences

Cody McDonald says getting a consistent run in the side has enabled him to produce his best form.

The striker, who scored his fifth goal in six games during the 3-2 win over Port Vale on Saturday, boosted his tally to 11 for the season and he’s hoping he continues to make an impression.

Speaking after the game he said: “As a striker you are always confident if you’re scoring goals and thankfully I’ve been doing that recently.

“I’ve missed a few chances aswell to be honest; I could probably have 15 goals this season but that’s the way it goes and as long as I keep getting in the positions then hopefully I will keep scoring.

"I think as a striker it's important when you’re scoring you keep playing and hopefully the Manager has the same idea and it keeps me in the team.

“I think I’ve probably done enough to do that but we will see what he does – if he wants to change it around I will respect that but I’m ready to go on Tuesday night if picked.”

Cody completed all 90 minutes against Vale and said the last 20 minutes were disappointing from a team perspective having put themselves in a commanding position at 3-0 up.

He added: “For 70 minutes I thought we were brilliant, especially from half time up until they scored their goal. I thought we were so comfortable, I’m not sure if it was over the line or not [Vale's first goal] but that put us on the back foot a bit.

“The linesman gave it and we have to see the game out better than that.

“We kept going and we were thankful to get over the line in the end.

“It’s a bit nerve-wracking but when teams are putting long balls in to the box we fancy our centre halves to win them all day long and, apart from the two goals, we did quite well.”

McDonald said the team are happy with their position but is more than aware that Gills have played more games than some of the teams directly below them in the table.

He said:  “A few teams have got a lot of games in hand on us but I would rather have the points on the board because the games will come thick and fast for them now.

“We are really happy with where we are; we have a tough one on Tuesday and we’re then away at the weekend so if we can get some points against them that will put ourselves in an even better position.

“We are getting used to these heavy pitches but all credit to Tony the groundsman for getting it on because the weather Friday was terrible. The game was probably in doubt so he’s done well to get it on.

“I feel sorry for him now as he’s probably thinking what to do with it but I’m sure he will get it right for the next game because he’s a top man.”

Gillingham travel to bottom of the league Stevenage on Tuesday night hoping to get a result on the road, and considering recent results, Cody said the team have nothing to fear.

He said: “No games are easy in this league and we’ve proved that against teams at the top.

"We take each game as it comes and we don’t treat any game differently.

“We are just enjoying our Football and we need to keep performing as we are, and if we do we will keep picking up points.

 “We are catching teams on the break quite well and there’s a lot of pace in the team and we are thriving on playing at the minute and we’re enjoying it and when that happens you play your best stuff.”

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