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TAYLOR: PROGRESS IS MOST IMPORTANT THING

7 January 2014

Club News

TAYLOR: PROGRESS IS MOST IMPORTANT THING

7 January 2014

Gills boss happy with the way his team are progressing following hard fought win over Wolves

Peter Taylor says he is pleased with the progress he has seen from his players during the last four matches.

During the busy Christmas period the Gills lost just once, clinching two wins in the process against Tranmere and Wolves.

The Gills boss is refusing to get carried away despite seeing his team rise to 14th in the Sky Bet League One table, and says the squad must adopt the same mentality going in to every game.

Speaking exclusively to the club’s official website he said:

“People can say it’s comfortable [league position] but it won’t be for me in my situation. The most important thing for us is that all of the players, the staff and the Chairman can see we are progressing.

“For us to play Orient, Walsall and Wolves and give them a good game that is progress for us. The players mustn’t now look at that and say `we are five points clear of the bottom four`, that is too dangerous.

“We need to look at the next game and get something out of it, the game after get something out of that. That is what we’ve got to do.”

Peter was delighted with the team ethic shown in the win over Wolves, and said his players did well to keep out a strong visiting side.

He added: “I think for effort and patience it probably was the best team display [since returning as Manager]. There were still times when Wolves played great Football and got through us and we had a little bit of luck on a couple of occasions.

“I was happy with the discipline with the team. We let them have the ball in certain areas and I’m sure in the end they had to work extremely hard to open us up and in the end Wolves probably lost patience on that.

“Overall the more I think about the game the boys never stopped working hard to be difficult to play against. We created some chances aswell and were unlucky with a couple of chances not to score.

“To score as late as we did was fantastic and to get a scalp like Wolves was brilliant for us.”

Peter refused to celebrate the goal right at the death, but explained he was suffering with illness in lead up to the game which meant he wasn’t feeling 100%.

He added: “Someone said after the game that I walked off miserable. I have to say I was really struggling, I was in bed all day and I never even thought I would make the match.

“In the end I probably didn’t have the energy to celebrate and even after the game I clapped around the ground as much as I could but I probably couldn’t wait to get in, get in the car and go home.

“Even if there is a minute or 30 seconds to play I’ve seen teams celebrate too much, lose concentration and all of a sudden concede and all of the great feelings go out of the window.

“The time I will celebrate is when the final whistle goes and we have won the match.

“I’ll be happy to be in bed every time we play, get out just in time for the match and win it. That will do me!”

Watch Peter’s exclusive interview in full here.


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