Eaves: "I thought we were the better side"

Eaves praises team-mates following late drama at Boundary Park.

Tom Eaves felt Gillingham did enough to win Saturday’s game at Oldham.

The striker came on as a sub in the second half and converted a stoppage time penalty to earn the visitors a deserved 1-1 draw, with Oldham keeper Johny Placide making two excellent saves to deny both Conor Wilkinson and Jake Hessenthaler.

The spot-kick, awarded for an off the ball incident, took a long time to be taken but Eaves kept himself calm and found the bottom corner to send the 215 Gills fans home satisfied.

After the game he said: “I felt like we were on top for quite a lot of the game and in the first half we created a few chances and we did so in the second too and we were really unlucky not to win the game.

“I thought we were the better side today and to be fair their keeper made two really good saves so fair play to him; I thought he was outstanding.

“I’ll take the draw but it’s unfortunate we didn’t get all three points really.”

And as for the penalty, Eaves offered an explanation as to why it was given.

“In a nutshell he just pulled my hair!” he said.

“The ref gave the penalty...I found it comical, I couldn’t believe it when I looked over and they were making a sub…every trick in the book! I’m delighted to put the pen away, it’s been a frustrating kind of period for me because I want to contribute to the team and play as many games as possible.

 “Personally I’m just glad to be back on the pitch. “