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Peter Taylor heaps praise on his players following Saturday's game at Blackburn.

30 September 2017

Interim Manager reacts to 1-0 defeat at Ewood Park.

Peter Taylor said he could not have asked any more from his Gillingham players on Saturday at Ewood Park.

The Gills slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers but only a world-class save from David Raya ensured the hosts walked away with maximum points with the keeper clawing away Elliott List’s late effort.

Speaking after the game Peter said: “I think we carried on the work rate from Tuesday and we knew we were playing against an excellent football team with some excellent players that have played in top leagues so we knew there were going to be times where we were under a lot of pressure and that’s exactly how it was.

“I thought Blackburn played some wonderful football at times and we had to have good shape otherwise they would have just opened us up too easily, I felt as though we did that quite well and every now and again in the first half I felt as though we then got the ball and started to play with a bit of belief and that was encouraging for us.

“In the second half I thought we were a bit better if I was being honest. Blackburn are always going to play the Football that they play but I still felt as though they didn’t create half as much in the second half as they did in the first and I felt we had a bit of joy and I’m probably still amazed that we haven’t scored a goal.

“I can only give credit to the players because you come to a play like this where a team passes the ball so well, sometimes you can cave in, but I didn’t think we did. We kept believing we could get something out of the game; a very disappointing goal that we have conceded because it’s a set piece and somebody’s allowed somebody to head the ball too easily and we got punished for that but I think from then we carried on and I thought there were some excellent performances from the players.

“I said they must be feeling a lot better this Saturday than they did last Saturday because last Saturday was nothing like that.

“We need a little bit of luck in the right areas but they are working exceptionally hard to deserve a little bit of luck.”

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