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PENNOCK: "IT'S A DISAPPOINTING DAY"

Gills Head Coach reflects on defeat to Oxford.

9 September 2017

Interviews

PENNOCK: "IT'S A DISAPPOINTING DAY"

Gills Head Coach reflects on defeat to Oxford.

9 September 2017

Ady Pennock reacts to losing 3-0 at the Ka

Ady Pennock says he understands the frustration of the Gillingham supporters but is desperate to get things right.

Gills lost 3-0 to Oxford United on Saturday at the Kassam Stadium with the hosts scoring three times in the space of eight minutes.

The visitors had gone in at half-time with the scores level and seemingly difficult to break down, but a dominant period for Oxford saw them run out eventual winners.

The Head Coach said he wouldn’t hide behind recent results but is determined to turn things around.

He said: “It’s a disappointing day today, heads went down.

“We’ve had a few things to say to them [the players] and they’ve had a few things to say as well which is very open and hopefully that will help.

“We raised our voices a little bit but then we sat down and discussed everything and we’re looking forward to Tuesday, that’s for sure.

“Something has got to happen soon otherwise we’ll be fighting a relegation battle all season.

“I’m not going to hide, I’m not silly but I’m fighting and working myself hard to get it right. You need a little bit of luck but it’s tough. I’m unbelievably desperate to get it right, I have so much passion for the club and I understand the frustration of the fans.

“Today is the first time this season where I’ve been disappointed with the players. We did okay first half but the second half wasn’t good enough.”

Gills could have taken the lead in the opening minutes but Pennock felt the absence of Billy Bingham was a huge loss for his side.

He added: “We should have scored in the first three minutes. Again, we’re not taking our chances and the first goal we conceded was awful.

“We got in good areas in the first half where we wasn’t clinical enough and that final pass was poor.

“We missed Billy Bingham today; he’s concussed and couldn’t see out of one eye so we couldn’t play him. That was a kick in the teeth for us and Gabby had to come off due to cramp.”

AFC Wimbledon is the next challenge for the Gills. They travel to Kingsmeadow on Tuesday evening.


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