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Rees | "There's nothing better than scoring a winner"

Josh Rees speaks to the press after netting the winner in a 3-2 victory over Burton.

12 January 2019

Gills midfielder reacts after scoring dramatic winner at the Pirelli Stadium.

Josh Rees said it was a great feeling to come off the bench and score the winner against Burton Albion on Saturday.

The midfielder, who joined Gills in the summer from Bromley, found the net in the first minute of stoppage time to help clinch all three points in a 3-2 victory, grabbing his first goal for Gills in the process.

After first half strikes from Elliott List and Callum Reilly had put the Gills ahead, the Brewers came out fighting in the second half and levelled the scores by the hour mark. However it was Gills who left with the points as Rees turned home in added time.

Speaking on the match winning moment Rees said: “I saw the ball in the box and as soon as I hit it, I knew it was going in. You lose yourself in the moment and with the away fans in the corner you celebrate the moment with them. It was one of the best feelings in my career. There’s nothing better than a winner.”

Rees joined the Gills in the summer but has found opportunities hard to come by, however the midfielder said he was aware it would take time to adapt to a new level.

He added: “It’s been a learning curve the last six months and I know it would be like that coming to a team at a much higher level, but it is a massive weight off my shoulders, I feel like I’m getting better - it's just about getting the opportunity to show it."

Gillingham stretched the gap between themselves and the relegation zone to four points thanks to Rees’ winner and the midfielder believes it is starting to click for the Gills.

“Every point is massive in the position we are in and the other good thing is we are showing consistency because we have shown we can beat anyone," he added. 

"One thing you can’t ever doubt us for is work rate and determination."

Asked about Cardiff Cup hero Elliott List’s recent form, Rees was full of praise for the young forward, who netted a sublime first goal on Saturday.

Rees said: “Listy is a top-quality player. He just has to keep going for us and especially with Eavesy being injured someone has to take the burden off him."

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