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Lovell: "It's a great three points"

Steve Lovell delighted as Gills seal victory at Sixfields.

13 February 2018

Gills dominant first half display pleases Lovell.

Gills boss Steve Lovell said his side were a pleasure to watch in the first half as Josh Parker and Tom Eaves both found the target in a 2-1 win over Northampton at Sixfields.

The damage was done in the first 20 minutes as the hosts struggled to deal with Gills attacking threat, and it could have been 3-0 at the break but Parker had an effort ruled out for offside.

Speaking after the game, Lovell said his side’s first half performance was outstanding. He said: “In the first half we came out of the blocks, as we have done for most of the games, apart from Wigan away, and obviously the game was won in the first half an hour and that’s the way we have done it for all the games we have won away from home, and today was no exception.

“In the first half I thought we were magnificent. They couldn’t cope with us, they weren’t in the game and we could have had three or four maybe in the first half. It was very pleasing and I said at half-time they [Northampton] would come out and have a go, and that’s what happened.

“We had to weather the storm, we tinkered with the formation but got it right in the end and it was a great three points.

“When they play like that it’s a pleasure to watch really, the only disappointing thing is that we didn’t get the third or fourth goals but the main thing is that you’re creating chances, playing good football and the boys were in control.”

Gills had to resist some heavy pressure during stages of the second half, but the manager felt his changes worked to put Northampton on the back foot towards the end of the game.

He added: “We hung on, Tom should have scored another goal but you take the three points and it’s another good win. When they get their goal there is a bit of concern but we made a couple of tactical changes which we had to do.

“When you have people like Lee Martin and Waggy to come on it helped steady the ship. We had to make those changes to go back to a formation to stop them from being dominant and that’s what happened.”


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