Gills boss Peter Taylor says he's pleased that the the club have entered a development league for the 2014/15 season to ensure regular Football for squad membersPeter Taylor says the decision to enter Gillingham in a development league this year will be hugely beneficial to the players.
The Gills boss was in the stands on Tuesday afternoon as Mark Patterson’s team earned a 1-0 victory over Plymouth at MEMS Priestfield Stadium in the U21 Cup, courtesy of a last minute own goal.
A few first team squad members got vital minutes under their belt, and Peter is pleased that some of the younger players will be getting regular games this season in the Final Third Development League.
He said: “Well I think sometimes if you haven’t got a regular fixture then the players who are in your squad and on the fringes lose important fitness.
“To have a plan there where you are guaranteed a dozen matches or more, plus cup games, that has to be a good thing. It’s taken very seriously and some of the matches are played at the main stadium.
“Clubs at our level have to be careful with the pitch because it’s certainly getting its use this year but I’m hoping the weather stays pretty kind and it’s not ripped up too much.
“It’s nice to get through and they’ve now got Cardiff away in the next round which is good because it has to be played at the main ground and I thought the attitude of the players was first class.
“I felt for the Plymouth player who kicked it into his own net in the last kick of the game really. I think we deserved the game but more importantly it was good to see the players have a good workout.”
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