Peter Taylor delighted with the performance of Elliott Hewitt and Michael Harriman in win over SwindonPeter Taylor praised the efforts of Elliott Hewitt and Michael Harriman on Saturday as the Gills loanees combined well to help achieve a 2-0 win over Swindon at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
Hewitt, on loan from Ipswich, and Harriman, on loan from QPR, re-ignited their partnership having last played together in the 2-1 home win over Stevenage in November.
The inclusion of Hewitt allowed Harriman to push up in to midfield, and his persistent hard work and energy was rewarded after scoring his first professional goal in the second half to double the Gills lead.
Following the game Taylor said: “I thought he [Hewitt] did great, to play 90 minutes after being out for such a long time the tempo was terrific. He was getting the throws in quickly, getting down the line and crossing at every opportunity so I was really pleased with Elliott.
“Michael Harriman we have a little laugh with because on the finishing exercises he doesn’t look so good and it looks as though he’s never going to score a goal!
“His energy deserved a goal. The timing of that was great for us because Swindon were piling on a bit of pressure and showing their quality. They have a lot of quality players that have played at premier clubs so we had to defend as a unit.
“He started there [right midfield] as a kid and eventually they put him back to a full back, I think he’s OK with both. If you’re playing right back and he’s in front of you then you will have an easier afternoon because he puts so much energy in so I’m sure he has helped Elliott Hewitt have a decent game.
“He can play in that position easily.
“I look at the teams we have played and the wide players that look quick and athletic. Michael hasn’t got a trick, he’s more of a full back than a winger but I still think players that can keep the team shape and run up and down are effective.”
Read Peter’s immediate post match reaction here.