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Oldaker | "It's great to get through"

Gills midfielder nets from 30 yards to send Steve Lovell's men through in FA Cup.

2 December 2018

Special strike sends Gills through to third round.

Darren Oldaker said he was delighted to score the goal that secured Gillingham a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

DJ found the top corner with a special right footed strike from 30 yards shortly after the interval to help clinch a 1-0 win against Slough, and although the visitors were far from their best at Arbour Park, the midfielder said it was the result that counted.

He said: “The boys are happy; Slough were on us from start to finish and we didn’t have many chances. Balls into their strikers were good, they have some clever players and they’re a very good team.

“It’s the FA Cup, whatever team you play it will be a hard game. People can say we only won 1-0, but we’ve won and we’re through. It doesn’t matter how you do it.”

Oldaker notched his fifth goal for the club and he said he knew his effort was going close from the moment it left his foot.

He added: “As soon as I touched it I knew I was going to shoot, a few this season have gone miles over the bar but it’s about having the braveness to keep trying. I don’t have any fear. I knew it was a sweet strike. At half-time the manager said we needed to get on the ball, win our second balls and in the second-half I thought we did that from the start.”

As for who he would like to draw in the third round, he said:

“Manchester United at Old Trafford! I’ve been to watch them a few times and it would be amazing to go there – a dream.”

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