Peter Taylor wants his players to start better after Bristol City inflict late pain on battling Gills

Peter Taylor said the performance of his players has to be better following the narrow 2-1 defeat to Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Sam Baldock opened the scoring on 27 minutes with a great finish inside the penalty area, only to see half time substitute Charlie Lee cancel out his effort as the Gills stormed back in to the game.

With the match looking destined for a draw Simon Gillett produced a sensational strike with just seven minutes left to snatch victory, leaving Taylor to rue a slow start to the afternoon.

Speaking after the final whistle he said: “Not good enough in the first half, we started too slowly and Bristol City were much sharper and played more Football than us.

“Disappointed to go in a goal down, they didn’t create a great deal of chances but I was still hopeful it could have been 0-0 and we could do better in the second half.

“I think we did to be fair to us but you can’t afford to start games like we started and there are too many teams in this division, and the one below, when you get going when there is all of a sudden something to fight back on.

“They should be starting at three o’clock and we are guilty of that.

“To be fair to the players they kept going and we got a good goal from Charlie and then you never know.

“They scored a wonder goal; you get a bit critical when you get to our situation because you think can you stop the shot.

"The chaps tell me there was a slight deflection aswell but fair play, it was a great goal.

“If our performance had been better I’d have lived with it a little bit more but I think the disappointment of the two goals, again in areas that we can do things about but have been punished all season, but to me the performance has to be better than that.”