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3 February 2017

Gills head coach Ady Pennock speaks to the press ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Bradford City

Head coach Ady Pennock says he’s relishing the challenge awaiting his team on Saturday; a trip to a Bradford City side who are unbeaten at the Northern Commercials Stadium this season.

In his press conference on Thursday morning, Pennock also gave an update on injuries, new signings and spoke about this weekend's opposition.

Pennock on…Saturday’s game: “We’re not going to sit back and look for a draw, because you can never do that. You have to go and play for the three points.”

“They are unbeaten at home and Stuart [McCall] is doing a great job there. Bradford will be there [in the top six] or thereabouts come the end of the season.

"It’s a very good stadium, the fans are very passionate and loud, but we are relishing it. There will be 15,000 to 20,000 fans there, and we've got to try and make them quiet. If we do that, we're doing something right."

Pennock on…injuries: “Everyone is good. Chris Herd has been training, but we will be keeping an eye on him following his concussion [against Sheffield United on January 21], but there are no other concerns.”

Pennock on…Tuesday's private friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge: "It was a very good game [with a] quick tempo and played in the right way. It was great for the squad players to get some minutes under their belt, and for Lee Martin and Bradley Garmston to do the same. 

"He [Garmston] is working hard, but it’s difficult to say [when he will be fully fit]. He came on last Saturday against Shrewsbury Town and had 75 minutes on Tuesday so he’s not too far away. He’s working hard on the training ground. 

Pennock…on new signing Josh Parker: “I think he will give us more than just a goal-scoring ability. He’s played in defence at right-back, because of his pace, and he’s played out wide. When you have pace like that you can be used in numerous positions.

“I’ll be looking for him to be a centre-forward, but if he needed at right-back he’ll be a right-back. He’s hungry and that’s what I want."

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