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Charles-Cook | "It meant a lot to score the winner"

Gills midfielder delighted to come off the bench and net the winner at Adams Park.

23 February 2019

Gills sub makes immediate impact against Wycombe.

It took Regan Charles-Cook less than five minutes to get on the scoresheet after coming on in the second half as his 83rd minute goal sealed a vital three points at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon.

Charles-Cook replaced Graham Burke as the game at Wycombe looked to be heading towards a stalemate but after brilliant work down the left-hand side from Brandon Hanlan, Charles-Cook was on hand to poke the ball in to the net to send the Gills fans home happy following a 1-0 win.

Speaking after the game, Charles-Cook said: “It meant a lot to score the winner because today’s game wasn’t the greatest. it’s (Adams Park) one of those grounds that you have to come to and fight it out. It’s great to get a 1-0 victory and I’ll definitely take a few 1-0 victories from now until the end of the season.”

Charles-Cook was set up by some brilliant play from Hanlan and the midfielder was quick to praise his team-mate: He added: “Me and Brandon have grown up with each other and have played with each other since the age of 16 so I know where Brandon is going to be, and he knows where I am. I had confidence in him to beat his man and put the ball across. Brandon is back to the Brandon that I know – you can see he is playing with confidence.”

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Recent signings and a couple of injuries have forced minutes to be limited for the young midfielder, but he insisted that more bodies mean higher standards at the club. He added: “It’s a competitive changing room now because there are a lot of bodies. Every single time we step out on that pitch you have to show why you should be in the starting eleven.

"Hopefully I’ve put a couple of thoughts in the gaffer’s head. The minimum the manager wants is to work hard because the fans come a long way and that is the least you can do.”

Charles-Cook praised the travelling 472 fans who travelled to Adams Park, just days after the midweek trip to Sunderland: “The number of fans that travelled down here and travelled Tuesday too when they went to Sunderland just shows how much backing the fans give us,” he said. “We love the fans.  They were vocal all day and when you have them behind you it gives you confidence. I’m proud this evening.”

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