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4 April 2016

Gills defender Adam El-Abd took the positives out of Saturday's draw against Coventry City

Gillingham defender Adam El-Abd believes the point earned in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Coventry City is something to build-on in the club’s promotion push.

The result saw the Gills keep their fourth clean sheet in five games, and leaves them within touching distance of Wigan Athletic and Burton Albion, who occupy the two Sky Bet League One automatic promotion places.

“We'll take the positives, we got a clean sheet and that's good to build on,” said El-Abd, who is on-loan at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium from Bristol City. “We didn't get the win, that's a bit disappointing when we’re chasing the top two, but if we win next week at Sheffield United it could be a good point.

“It's nice to keep another clean sheet; if you speak to any goalkeeper, defender and even any defensive midfielder, if a team's keeping clean sheets then you're relatively happy. 

“If we can stay solid for the rest of the season, that will stand us in good stead.”

El-Abd was part of the Brighton team that won this division in 2011, but he believes the current Gills squad are more than worthy of promotion.

“I don't think at the start of the season people expected Gillingham to challenge for the top two,” he added. “That's credit to the boys, they've been unbelievable.

“You go in to training every day, and you see the intensity, and you see why they’ve done so well. It’s how you get the best out of one another.”

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