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Ady Pennock said he was a proud man after watching his new look Gills side clinch a point on the opening day of the Sky Bet League 1 season against Doncaster.

5 August 2017

Gills boss pleased with the dedication of his players following a 0-0 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession with Tomas Holy making a string of fine saves, although Gills had chances themselves with Connor Ogilvie striking the post and Gabriel Zakuani denied at point blank range by Ian Lawlor in the first half.

Despite late pressure, the visitors take a point back to Priestfield and Pennock was pleased with the display.

He said: “I thought it was a very good game for a 0-0. Both keepers played very well; I thought it was an entertaining game and I’m very pleased that we’ve come here and got a point at a difficult place.

“The supporters were shouting at every decision but we stood our own, created chances and their keeper has pulled off two or three very good saves but we’ll take a point.

“We’ve given a good account of ourselves, showed a lot of heart and desire and it’s a very good point. I’m very proud today.”

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Tomas Holy got the nod in goal with Tom Hadler named on the subs bench, and Pennock was delighted to see his goalkeeper play so well and answer some of his critics.

He added: “He’s a young lad learning his trade and I think everybody wants to see young lads do well.

“We’ve got three good goalkeepers and hopefully Tomas will get a lot of credit for today. I thought he was strong.

“I’m not going to say they won’t make mistakes, every individual will make mistakes because they’re all human beings at the end of the day but I did give him a pat on the back because I thought he was outstanding today and that will give him a lot of confidence.

“We are very blessed to have three good goalkeepers; Tom Hadler has had a terrible injury but has had a good pre-season and Stuart has been a very good professional. I’ve been up front with him but who is to say Stuart won’t play on Tuesday night?”

Pennock praised the support of the Gillingham faithful with 568 making the trip from Kent, and the Head Coach has called for more of the same going forward.

He added: “I’ve got to say the fans were very vocal from the first whistle to the last and we need that, we really do because we’ve got some young players and they need our support because they will be given their chance.

“Thank you for the support today, you were top drawer.”

Focus will now shift to Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Reading where Pennock hinted a few changes might be made.

He said: “That’s going to be a cracker; it’s a lovely stadium as well but we have got a few bumps and bruises. Lee Martin’s got some stitches in his knee; Billy Bingham kicked the bottom of someone’s studs so he’s sore and tender.

“We’ll see what they’re like tomorrow but I’m looking forward to Tuesday and it might give others the opportunity who have not been involved or have been on the bench to give them a go.

“The league is the most important, of course it is, but when you go to places like Reading we don’t want to let ourselves down. I’d love a cup run, I really would but it’s a good occasion for us and we’ll see who is going to be fit, not going to be fit and go from there.”

As far as injury concerns go Pennock released information regarding Bradley Garmston who suffered a calf injury on Thursday.

He said: “We did a bit of shape and he was doing a bit of 5-a-side and he felt his calf pop which is not good. Minimal six weeks but he’s worked so hard and I feel so sorry for him. He just needs a lucky break and in pre-season he has been top drawer where he has looked quick and powerful. It’s just unlucky but we’ve got to get him going again.”


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