Lovell: "It's what we deserved"

Gills boss delighted as his side come from behind to secure a point at Shrewsbury.

Steve Lovell heaped praise on his Gills side for not giving up following a well deserved 1-1 draw against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

Mark Byrne scored within the last ten minutes to salvage a point for the visitors following Abu Ogogo’s first-half effort.

The result keeps Gillingham 11th in Sky Bet League 1, and manager Steve Lovell was pleased with the performance.

He said: “We didn’t start bright and they started very well, which they would do because they’re a top two, top three side so they are going to come out and have a go and I thought we weathered the storm a little bit.

“in the second half I thought we had the better of it. It’s a good point against Shrewsbury who are having a great season. It was a very well earned point.

“They got us penned in [during the first-half] because we were giving the ball away, we were winning it and then giving it straight back and if that’s going to happen the opposition are obviously going to be in control of the game.

“In the second half that didn’t happen, we kept the ball and moved it from side to side. “

Byrne was involved from start to finish, breaking play up in the first period before being heavily involved box to box in the second half.

Lovell said his equaliser was what he deserved after another committed display.

He added: “He deserves it, I think he was our best player tonight and it capped off a great performance. It was only what we deserved, I thought we controlled the ball in the second half and passed it very well, switched it from side to side. It was another good performance, they gave everything and kept going.

“They need to believe in themselves in a bit more and when we do we’re a good team.”