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Parrett: "We can battle with the best in the league"

Gills midfielder frustrated as Peterborough battle back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 at Priestfield.

22 September 2018

Positives to take, says Parrett.

Gillingham midfielder Dean Parrett says positives can be taken from the 4-2 defeat at home to Peterborough.

Summer signing Parrett, who was given the man-of- the-match award, was left frustrated that Gills’ efforts were left unrewarded on Saturday afternoon.

Callum Reilly and Mark Byrne had scored to put the Gills 2-1 ahead but three second half goals from the Posh meant it was the visitors who left Kent with all three points.

He said: “I’m very frustrated – I thought we played really well in spells but just got caught out a couple of times on the counter, we have to take positives from this game – they’re a good team and we’ve shown we can battle with the best teams.”

Parrett was a threat all game for Gills and was given a free role in the midfield diamond as Gills went about returning to their scoring form that they were showing at the beginning of the season.

He added: “I wanted to try and create and add a few driving runs through the midfield and see if they wanted to defend – I got a little bit of joy.”

Despite the defeat, Parrett thought it was a much more disciplined Gills performance.

He said: “I felt that we didn’t go away from our game plan, we played the ball around as much as we could – and we’ve created chances, that’s the main thing.”

After drawing blanks in their previous two outings Parrett was pleased for Gills to get on the scoresheet, especially as they came from fellow midfielders – a trait which Parrett believes is crucial.

He said: “Now we have scored a couple of goals hopefully the floodgates will open – we’ve got goals all over the team and that showed today with Byrner and Callum getting on the scoresheet.”

The win took Peterborough back to the top of the table and Parrett believes the way that the Gills competed with the Posh shows the potential of the squad.

He said: “It shows that we can battle with the best in the league – they are one of the best in the league at the moment – you’ve got to be positive about it.”

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