Gills assistant manager David Kerslake spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's home game against Rochdale

Assistant manager David Kerslake says the continued support of Gills fans remains key as the side look to climb the Sky Bet League One table.

Kerslake spoke to the press ahead of Saturday’s game against Rochdale at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium - the penultimate home fixture of 2016 - and he said he hopes the supporters can recreate the memorable atmosphere from the Northampton Town match last time out on home soil.

Kerslake on …the fans: “The supporters were fantastic in the last home game when we got the result required, and I’m sure they’ll play a big part again tomorrow. It’s so important they get behind us; we know some of the performances this season weren’t good enough, but if they continue to get behind us, we’ll climb the table.”

Kerslake on…Rochdale: “They’re a good team, they took to play, they have good midfielders and lots of pace out wide. They’ve scored a lot in the last few games, but we think our centre-halves will be able to handle that. I’ve gone against Keith Hill’s teams a couple of times as a member of staff here; they are always good footballing sides, they like to play through the thirds, but we’ll have our own game plan.”

Kerslake on…the match: “We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game. Every club wants to be on the front foot and continuously build on any momentum, but we couldn’t do that on Tuesday [against Oxford United, having beaten Walsall last weekend], so we start again tomorrow.”

Kerslake on…team selection: “Ryan Jackson and Bradley Garmston will maybe be out for the next three or four days, and after that they’ll be back in training. Chris Herd and Frank Nouble have had a good week of training, so they’ll be in contention tomorrow. We seem to be getting there now, we’re getting our players back and up-to-speed.”

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