The Gills head coach speaks to the press following Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Coventry City
at the Ricoh Arena.Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Coventry CityGills head coach Ady Pennock bemoaned his side's first-half performance in
Coventry led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Kwame Thomas and George Thomas, before Max Ehmer's seventh of the season on 55 minutes and a spirited fightback almost earned the Gills a draw in the West Midlands.
Pennock on…the first-half performance: “It was very poor. I have seen their goals back, and they have a centre-forward tapping it into the goal twice.
“They won every second ball. Their centre-halves were throwing their bodies at the ball. We gave them loads of time all over the pitch."
Pennock on…the result: “Again, I am bitterly disappointed. We can’t defend to save our lives, and we have given them two goals.
“The second half was much better, and we take the positives from that, but we have to play like that every single week and for 95 minutes, not just 45.
“We were miles better [after the break] but we came in at half-time 2-0 down and that was the problem."
Pennock on…the players: "They have to step up. They should have stepped up from the start of the season through to now, but they haven’t, so we are in a relegation battle.
“The table doesn’t lie. We will lick our wounds and hopefully play like we did in the second half [for full games in the future], but they are just words. The players have to do it on the pitch."
“We look forward to Tuesday['s home game against AFC Wimbledon] now, because the matches are getting bigger and bigger."
Coventry City 2-1 Gillingham: Match report