Lovell | "They gave everything"

Players produce incredible performance to see off Portsmouth.

Gillingham Manager Steve Lovell was a proud man following Gillingham’s 2-0 win at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Tom Eaves and Alex Lacey in the first-half were enough for Gills to record a first league win since August.

Speaking after the match Lovell said: “Today showed we’ve got what it takes to win games in this league. Nobody gave us a chance coming down here today apart from us as a group, everybody gave everything today and we’ve got something out of it.”

Gills produced a positive, attacking first-half display against previously unbeaten Portsmouth and Lovell emphasised the importance of getting at teams from the start.

He added: “I like to go and take the game to the opposition and it was no different today. We’ve got players in the side that can go and hurt teams and that’s what they did today, we defended well as a group and I thought we thoroughly deserved it. I’m very proud of all the boys.”

Two clinical finishes were enough for Gills and Lovell heaped praise on the quality of both, the first of which was a brilliant solo effort from Tom Eaves and the second a quality finish from Alex Lacey.

The Gills boss said: “They were brilliant – Tom knew exactly what he was going to do, and he finished it off magnificently. Lacey’s was the same and it was a great finish. It came at a great time for us, just before half-time.

“We are not a team that likes to sit back and go for a 0-0; I like to take the game to the opposition and I know Kenny and Portsmouth have been on a great run, but we had a go at them and it worked, I’m delighted.”

Gills were roared on by over 550 fans in the pouring rain in the south coast and Lovell was delighted to get the three points for those who headed down.

He said: “They’ve come down here and supported us when nobody gave us a chance coming down here, I’m happy for everybody that travelled down, and everybody connected with the football club.”