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Lovell: "I'm gutted for the boys"

Gills boss disappointed as late goal deprives squad of deserved point.

10 December 2017

Manager delivers reaction following Plymouth defeat.

Steve Lovell said he was bitterly disappointed not to get anything from Saturday’s game against Plymouth after a solid performance at Home Park.

Joel Grant scored the opener ten minutes into the second half, but Tom Eaves equalised late on which seemed enough to grab at least a point for the Gills.

However, as stoppage time approached, Toumani Diagouraga was in the right place at the right time to beat Tomas Holy from close range to secure a 2-1 win.

After the game the Gills boss said he was pleased with the display.

He said: “When we got the equaliser I really thought we could go on and win it. We were on the front foot and creating chance after chance.

“I’m pleased with the performance and if we produce that on a weekly basis we’ll be fine. It’s hard when you lose a game like that but you need to stick together and I believe what we’re doing is right. We just need a bit of luck in front of goal.

“I’m gutted for the boys because they deserved to get something out of it; not just a point but to win the game. “

Gillingham were left frustrated in the first half when a strike from Tom Eaves appeared to cross the line when Kelle Roos fumbled his powerful effort, however the officials waved play on. The manager said he wasn’t best placed to see it, but had received feedback from his players.

He added: “I can’t tell but Tom Eaves is the most honest person you’re ever likely to meet and he was adamant it was over the line and Josh Parker was the same. It’s gone, we didn’t get it but apart from that we had enough attempts at goal, and enough possession, to have won and I’m disappointed not to get the result.

“If that had gone in we would have at least got a point out of it. It’s two in a week but hopefully we’ll get two ourselves later on in the season. It’s a hard enough job for the referees as it is.”

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