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Byrne: "We were the better team"

MK Dons seal victory with late goal.

29 March 2018

Gills midfielder reacts following defeat to MK Dons.

Man-of-the-match Mark Byrne said the Gills dressing room was a disappointed place following the 2-1 defeat against MK Dons at Priestfield on Thursday evening.

The visitors won their first points at ME7 for the first time since 2010 and extended their unbeaten run to four games in Sky Bet League One.

Byrne felt Gillingham had dominated and deserved to get at least a point from the game, and was felt aggrieved with MK’s first goal with the referee waving away Gillingham appeals of a handball in the build-up.

“We dominated the game and we were the only team that looked like winning. We played some good football tonight, but it’s not really falling for us at the moment.

“A poor decision went against us for the first goal, but even then we got ourselves back in it and tried to get that final finish which just wouldn’t come.

“It bounced down and you can clearly see him touch it inside [with his hand] but the ref didn’t see it.

“That killer instinct – we need to finish like we were a couple of weeks ago. We’ve got to dust ourselves down, get back in training on Saturday and prepare ourselves for Monday.”

Navid Nasseri scored his first goal for the club on his full debut and Byrne was full of praise for the youngster.

“[Nav’s] a young lad who’s come in and fitted in really well. He didn’t look out of place, he had a good game.

“We have a big squad here but you’ve got to go in a take your chance and I thought he did really well tonight. You’ve got to go out there and perform to keep your place.”

Byrne was quick to point out the improvements the Gills have made since Lovell took over as Manager.

“People wrote us off [at the start of the season] and we didn’t have a good start. Since the gaffer has come in we’ve been playing really well and I think the gaffer is pleased with the way we’ve been progressing.

“We’ve got to keep going until the end of the season now, and pick up as many points as possible.”


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