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PENNOCK: “WE’VE GOT TO BE RUTHLESS”

14 February 2017

The Gills head coach spoke to the press following his side's 1-1 draw against Chesterfield on Tuesday

Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock was left ruing Gillingham’s inability to see out the game against Chesterfield on Tuesday night at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium. 

Max Ehmer’s looped header had put Pennock on the cusp of his first victory in charge of the Gills, however Tom Anderson dramatically denied the home side all three points firing home from inside the box to equalise with the last kick of the game.

Pennock was frustrated that his side failed to take their chances to put the game to bed, as a lapse in concentration in the 94th minute cost the Gills a deserved victory.

Pennock on…the performance: “I’m not frustrated, I’m unbelievably angry. We should have been out of sight and we’ve got to keep a clean sheet. I thought we played really well tonight and we could have won three or four nil.

“We hit the post a couple of times – we have just got to be ruthless in both boxes. Overall, we were much better than them. It’s another point and I thought we thoroughly deserved all three points.

“Game management is huge. There’s a few home truths that I’ve told them in there – the goal is unacceptable, and we need to score two or three goals to win a game of the football at the minute.”

Pennock on…positives to draw from the game:  “We concede every week, so the best way to defend is attack. We had four attack-minded players on and I thought we did really well. We opened them up a few times and could have been out of sight by half time.

“They’ve got to pick themselves up and if they play like that from now to the end of the season I’ll be pleased.

“Rory [Donnelly] has done really well. He hit the post in the first half, and how that didn’t go in I’ll never know.

“I’m bitterly disappointed for the fans because they were top drawer tonight. They were behind the boys from the first whistle to the last.”

Pennock on…Saturday's game against Coventry City: “The fans know the situation, we all know the situation. It’s another big game at Coventry, and they’re getting bigger and bigger. I’m sure we’ll get out of trouble sooner rather than later.

“[Loan striker] Joe [Quigley] is playing 45 minutes tomorrow [for parent club AFC Bournemouth following his return from injury] and if he gets through that, we’ll have him with us for training on Thursday. He’s chomping at the bit, and we’re just waiting for Harry [Cornick] to come to us.

“They’ll give us some fresh impetus and some fresh faces. I’m really looking forward to working with them."

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Gillingham 1-1 Chesterfield: match report


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