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6 February 2015

Gills Coach hopeful of extending unbeaten run to five games in all competitions

Mark Patterson is hoping the Gills can continue their fine run of form when Sheffield United visit MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Gillingham are unbeaten in four matches in all competitions and welcome a side who are currently in the play-off positions, however Mark says all teams know they are in for a battle when they visit Kent.

Speaking to the club website he said: “We are looking forward to the game and we have had a good week’s preparation following on from three or four back to back good performances, hopefully we can continue the run.

“The one thing about this club over the years is that it’s a hard place to come and play, teams know coming here that they need to work hard to get anything, as we do.

“That’s the case with Sheffield United. You don’t have god given rights to take points over other teams.

“You have to work to the best of your ability and that’s what we’ve been working on.”

His development squad secured an impressive 6-1 win over Leyton Orient on Tuesday, and Mark said with the younger players continuing to progress it does make for good competition.

He added: “We’ve re-signed John Marquis and Max Ehmer and when you have competition it makes people work harder and keeps them on their toes.

“With Charlie Webster two weeks ago, following a strong performance in the Kent Senior Cup, he travelled with the first team for the Bristol City and Walsall games so we like to reward players who have done well.

“These younger lads are pushing now and keeping the senior ones on their toes.”

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