Gaffer at the weekend

Gills boss at the weekend.

Q: Reflecting on Saturday's game, what is your overriding emotion?

A: Without doubt one of disappointment. We took a deserved early lead and could, and perhaps should, have got a second.

However, our willingness to work hard and smart in key areas of the pitch was missing.
The goals we conceded are poor defensively with organisation and not matching runners key contributing factors.
We need to learn to carry out these key tasks more efficiently.

Q: We got off to a great start with Ouss converting from close range and we looked fairly comfortable up until the half hour mark?

A: For around 40 minutes the game was very even. We took advantage of a mistake to score and they missed a penalty after we made the error. In League 1 winning matches is tough and we need to be aware that we cannot help our opponents.

Q: They scored twice before the break which naturally swung the momentum in their favour. Just a case of conceding at the wrong time?

A: At half time if we are in front I thought we could build from that but like at Doncaster Rovers a week earlier we allow a few minutes to change the entire outlook.
This is a new group and we know it takes time but basic errors need to be eradicated very quickly before they become a habit.


Q: Burton defended well in the second half; they seemed content to contain and hit us on the counter. It just appeared whatever we tried they had an answer for?

A: At half time we made some changes, we had to. We changed formation and we actually had much more of the ball but our quality of pass or movement in the final third was poor.
We should have equalised with the last kick and it would have been a good point.

Q: What was your message to the players at the full time whistle?

A: We need every player who wears a Gills shirt to give everything for the cause. Given our bottom five budget we have to make it up in certain areas and that's where effort, determination, passion and commitment come into play.

Our teams have become known for all the above and this will be the case here at Priestfield.

Q: Are you confident the players will respond in the appropriate way?

A: There is no doubt this is a great group of lads and they do really all care.

We will all respond appropriately, I have no doubt. We will need too, Newport County are a very talented team who where unlucky to lose in last season’s play-off final at Wembley.

Football is never about losing matches, the best teams do, but for me it is about how you bounce back individually and collectively.

For us it's about learning from Saturday and being better on Tuesday.... I believe in the group and what they will deliver.