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22 April 2017

Gills head coach Ady Pennock spoke to the press following his side's 3-2 defeat against Fleetwood on Saturday

Gillingham Head Coach Ady Pennock was left feeling deflated as he spoke to the media after the Gills conceded two late goals to slip to defeat against Fleetwood Town on Saturday afternoon at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

An own-goal had given the Gills a half-time lead after Zesh Rehman got up highest to head towards goal, however this was cancelled out by Ashley Hunter shortly after the break. A Rory Donnelly free-kick restored the Gills’ advantage but late goals from David Ball and Kyle Dempsey gave the Cod Army all three points.

Pennock thought Gillingham performed well against their promotion chasing opponents, but was left immensely frustrated that late goals and defensive errors contributed to another defeat, with the Gills now looking nervously over their shoulder and hoping that other results go their way.

Pennock on…Gillingham’s performance: “I thought we played well today against a good side, and we gave a good account of ourselves. But we gave them three goals and that’s been the case all season. The table doesn’t lie, but I was very pleased with the players, performance-wise”

“We would have definitely taken a 2-2 at the end of the game, because I felt we should have got something. It was an entertaining game for the neutral but a poor result for us.”

Pennock on…conceding late goals: “The goals that we conceded – it’s phenomenal really, it’s bamboozling. I put the projector on in the changing room straight after the game and showed them what I witnessed – it’s just not acceptable.

“It’s concentration that I think is the biggest problem.” 

Pennock on…the relegation battle: “We’re worrying about other teams now, and we’re relying on Walsall to do us a favour [against Port Vale on Tuesday night].

“It should have been wrapped up already, but we’ve conceded so many late goals. We’ve still got a job to do next week against Northampton but we don’t want anything on it.

“I’ve aged about 25 years since I’ve been here but by hook or by crook, we’ve got to get over the line and then go from here.”

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