Barry Fuller says a reaction is needed following Wimbledon defeat.
Gills defender Barry Fuller echoed the thoughts of manager Steve Lovell following the 1-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon.
Joe Pigott scored the only goal of the game to inflict the club’s second home defeat of the season.
He said: “It was one of those days where nothing was going for us. Both teams haven’t been picking up results in a long time and it was a tough game. They’re a big physical side and are good at what they do, they made it tough for us today and we probably got dragged in to that.”
Fuller was given `man of the match` as he made his first Priestfield start in over eight years, but the full-back emphasised that personal accolades are worthless unless the team picks up a positive result.
He added: “My performance is irrelevant really; we’ve lost the game. Personally, I feel like I did okay, but it means nothing to me if we’ve lost the game. We will come in Monday and we will put it behind us for Rochdale next week.”
AFC Wimbledon fielded four ex-Gillingham players in their starting eleven, including winger Andy Barcham, who won promotion alongside Fuller in 2009, and the two exchanged a good battle down the Gills right hand side.
“I spent a few years with him there and a few years with him here,” Barry added. “We’ve both been around the game a long time and he knows what sort of player I am, and I know what he is like. We put the friendship aside for 90 minutes and then speak after.”
Fuller, who spent five years at the Wombles after leaving Gills, was grateful for the reception he received from all sides of the ground.
He said: “I got a great reception from both sets of fans, I made my home debut ten years on from my last one, I really appreciate it and it’s lovely to hear both sets of fans cheering your name.”
Gillingham head to Rochdale next weekend and Fuller has emphasised the importance to pick up a result, no matter how it comes about.
“We’ve got to roll our sleeves up now and find a win from somewhere,” he said. “If it’s the ugliest 1-0 win off someone’s backside on Saturday, I’ll take that.”