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Eaves | "We are disappointed"

Gills striker speaks to the media following Gills defeat to Southend.

13 October 2018

Striker says team will bounce back after Southend defeat.

Gills striker Tom Eaves was left disappointed with the 2-0 defeat to Southend United at Priestfield on Saturday afternoon.

The striker, who was looking to build on his wonder goal last week at Portsmouth, couldn’t hide his frustration as the Gills efforts went unrewarded as a Simon Cox double secured the points for the visitors.

He said: “We’re disappointed – anytime we get beat there is disappointment. I think it is important we let it soak in and reflect on what went wrong. We will assess it Monday and then bounce back, because that’s the only thing you can do.”

Eaves continued: “We’ve got to be disappointed tonight – if it doesn’t hurt you getting beat then there is something wrong, you shouldn’t be out there if it doesn’t hurt you.”

During the first-half Eaves and List caused the Southend defence lots of problems, a partnership which Eaves felt was working well.

“Yeah I thought Listy did well – he was anticipating my flick ons and I felt like we were looking dangerous," he added. "I don’t know why we didn’t continue that spell in the second-half. I thought Wilkinson & Stevenson both did well when they came on.”

Gills had returned to Priestfield following two weeks of relaying a new hybrid surface, and Eaves felt the new surface will only help the Gills as the season continues.

He said: “Today was an opportunity to put things right (with the new pitch) and maybe get on to a streak. The pitch was lovely, it will pay dividends – it still amazes me that its only been put down a few days ago, the ball moved a lot better than it did previously – we can’t blame the pitch.”

After the Simon Cox double, Gills went in search of a way back in to the contest but struggled to build momentum as they tried to set up a grand stand finale.

He said: “We couldn’t gain any momentum because they kept stopping the game, any time we tried to get any momentum it stopped the game, it’s frustrating and you get emotional as you want the referee to do something about it.”

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