Byrne | "I thought we matched them"

Player reaction following Luton defeat.

Mark Byrne cut a frustrated figure as Gillingham lost 3-1 at home to Luton Town on Saturday afternoon.

A brace from Elliot Lee and an Andrew Shinnie strike put the visitors in control after an hour in Kent. Tom Eaves managed to pull a goal back, but it proved to be just a consolation as, despite a late spell charge, Luton saw the game out to take home the three points.

Reflecting on the game Byrne said: “To be honest I think we matched them all over the park today but as you can see, they are a clinical side. We had chances to stop the goals, it was mistakes, but they finished them off. They are a free scoring team and that’s what they can do.”

Tom Eaves netted his 13th goal of the season 15 minutes before the end and despite sustained pressure, the Hatters defence held firm.

Mark added: “They were holding on and their manager was trying to get them to slow the game down. We had a bit of momentum and had we scored another goal you don’t know what could happen.

“The third goal was a sloppy goal; the first one I think we could have stepped out a bit, although it was a nice finish from the guy.”

Gillingham face a crucial match on Tuesday evening when they head to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers, a side also struggling to pick up results.

Looking ahead Byrne said: “If we perform how we’ve performed today we will be okay. It’s a massive game for us on Tuesday. I think DJ came on and did very well and got us ticking. Anyone can beat anyone in this league and we know one result can change the mood. We must go there and try and get the three points.”