Gills defender pleased to grab late winner in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Max Ehmer said he was pleased to get the winning goal in Gillingham’s 1-0 win over Colchester United in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Gills were awarded a free-kick late on with most expecting Billy Bingham to take it, however Ehmer produced a great effort which beat the wall, and keeper Sam Walker, to give the visitors a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

After the game he said: “We go into games looking to win and we done that tonight. Regardless of the score it’s still a win and three points in this cup.

“I said I was having it [the free-kick] at first and then the keeper moved a step to his left so I said “Bill, you’re taking it,” then he took one more step to the right and then I said “I’m taking it.”

“I do fancy myself on free-kicks and thankfully its gone in but if someone else fancies it they take it.”

Ehmer was one of the more senior members of the squad, being named Captain, with several players rested by Peter Taylor, but the centre-back says he tries to treat every match the same regardless of who he is playing alongside.

He added: “I had to obviously help the young boys through but regardless of that I try to play the same way every time talking to whoever it is next to me, whether it’s in midfield or defence.

“We haven’t got that many wins this season and a win is a win, it’s three points in this format and it's positive. We just look forward to Sunday now.”