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Lovell: "If we perform like we can we will get results"

Gills boss fully aware of Burton threat.

10 August 2018

Steve Lovell addressed the media prior to Saturday's game at home to Burton.

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell says his side will need to be at their best to stop a Burton side who he says “will cause problems.”

Nigel Clough’s side were relegated from the Championship last season and lost their first match at home to Rochdale last Saturday, but the Gills boss insists they will be difficult to crack.

He said: “In the second half [of last week’s game] Burton came out and had a go and looked a really good side.

“They will come here and cause us problems so we’ve got to make sure that we prepare right and make sure we put on the same level of performance we did last Saturday. If we do that then we have a chance of getting something out of the game.”

Ahead of the home opener, Lovell was reminded of the fact his side won five home games last season and was also asked how important it was to put in a good performance at Priestfield to open the season.

Lovell said: “I think it will be for the whole season, last year we put in some good performances here but didn’t get the results. So again that’s something we’ve got to do better with this year, but like I’ve always said if we perform like we can do then you get the results.”

In regards to injuries, there were five players that missed out on Saturday’s game and the Gills manager gave an update on all of them.

Lovell said: “[On Callum Reilly] He’s doing alright, he’s getting there. Perhaps another week away. Conor Wilkinson, Elliot List and Alex Lacey are back in training but Josh Rees is still perhaps a week or two out of it but everybody else is fine.”

Saturday’s victory also saw the long awaited return of midfielder Billy Bingham. The former Crewe man played a key part in both of the goals and the Gills manager admitted he was very much 50/50 on whether to start him.

Lovell stated: “We had him in mind up until the game Saturday and obviously with Callum pulling out at the last minute it gave Billy the opportunity to play sooner than anticipated and he had a great game and performed really well. He’s looking forward to continuing that Saturday.”

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