Bradley Dack encouraged by the team's fighting qualities as ten man Gills battle in vain to get a result at Stevenage

Bradley Dack praised his team-mates after the 3-1 defeat against Stevenage on Tuesday evening following a hardworking second half performance.

Gills saw Elliott Hewitt dismissed for deliberate handball with the scores at 0-0 close to the half hour mark, and the hosts took advantage by netting twice before the interval.

Cody McDonald pulled one back on 56 minutes only to see Stevenage regain their two goal advantage just a couple of minutes later as Darius Charles beat Stuart Nelson, who was Captain for the evening in the absence of Adam Barrett, for a second time.

Speaking after the game Bradley said: “It was a disappointing game to be fair, we were unlucky to go down to ten men and after that it was going to be hard, but the boys did everyone proud and did the fans proud because we worked so hard in the second half.

“We worked so hard to match them up; we were unlucky with the third goal, it was a bit soft to concede but then we had a couple of chances at the other end and if it goes our way it’s a different game.

“We conceded the second early after the red card and that’s when we had to regroup and we sat in to make sure we didn’t concede another before half time.

“We got in at the break at 2-0 and then one goal gets you back in the game and that’s what the gaffer said to us.

"We didn’t have to score it straight away, thankfully we did get it but conceded the third and that took the wind out of us.

“He [Peter Taylor] said at the end he was proud of us and if we keep playing like that we will be OK.

“He said if he didn’t hear people shouting at each other or putting in a shift then there would be words but there was nothing after because we all did.”

Bradley commented on his own performances of late which have seen him set up the Gills last four goals.

He added: “I’m starting to feel fitter and I think that’s showing in my performances and long may that continue - I feel more confident on the ball.

“It’s just a bit of instinct really, when you see the gap you play it through. The pitch was good; in the second half we started to move the ball about and kept it well with ten men.

“It’s going in the right direction and if we keep progressing the way we are then we will finish in a good position in the league.”