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Gaffer post-Coventry

Manager Steve Evans addresses the media following Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Coventry.

24 August 2019

Gaffer assesses Coventry defeat.

Steve Evans felt his side’s second half performance against Coventry City on Saturday deserved a lot more.

Dom Hyam’s goal in the 25th minute proved to be the difference between the two teams at St. Andrew’s with Mikael Ndjoli coming closest for the Gills after the interval with a superb free-kick which was brilliantly saved by Marko Marosi.

Report | Coventry 1-0 Gillingham

Speaking after the game, Evans said: “It was a game of two halves, they were much better than us in the first half, you can’t turn up at three o’clock like that and win a football match. What I would say is apart from one Matty Godden’s header that Jack (Bonham) saves quite easily, it takes a big error for them to go in front and you can never account for that.

“We went in at half time and we changed things a little bit and I thought we were terrific second half, all bar scoring a goal. They were hanging on for 30 minutes, and I don’t think Jack (Bonham) has had a save to make but our decision making in the final third has to be much better. We will play worse and win.”

Coventry are level on points with league leaders Ipswich Town and Evans thought his Gills side competed well with the Sky Blues. “Mark (Robins) has built a good side here and the board have backed them. The Coventry fans have got right behind their team today despite, second half, seeing their team get out battled, outfought and out played but they stuck with them.

”I felt for them (Gillingham fans) first half, they must have been sat there thinking how is this improving us? The answer is the second half was significantly better. 

“Mark Robins has just said “we couldn't contain you” but we need to take something from the game when you’re as dominant as that.”


Evans also confirmed in his post-match press conference that Gills will be actively looking to bolster options ahead of next weekend’s clash with Bolton Wanderers at Priestfield.

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