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Gaffer | "It's about match minutes"

Steve Evans delivers his reaction following the 9-1 win over Faversham.

6 July 2019

Gaffer speaks to the media following pre-season win.

Gills boss Steve Evans said he was pleased with Saturday’s performance against Faversham but emphasised there are still areas that require strengthening.

Gillingham ran riot at Salters Lane, winning the game 9-1 but the Gaffer insisted that getting minutes into legs was the most important thing at this stage of pre-season.

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Speaking after the game, Evans said: “It’s about match minutes, that’s massively important for all of us. Every time we have played a 45 minutes we have mixed it up and we did that again today. It’s the first time the front two have played together, the back two and the full-backs so it was good to mix the relationships around.

“Myself and Paul Raynor want to be able to develop those relationships both on and off the pitch and that’s what we are doing.

“I had no thoughts of cancelling the game; the gulf was there for people to see but we need to keep working hard. We are still not right in one or two positions but that’s why I’m trying to strengthen the group still.

“We still need, for me, two strikers and maybe one other defender and maybe one other left sided player. We have two or three very special kids and that’s credit to the academy. Jack Tucker and Joe Walsh will be around for a while; I didn’t expect them to have that quality.”

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Gills are not in action again until next weekend at Folkestone, with the management taking the players to a location in the UK for a training camp on Tuesday.

The Manager added: “We are UK based, we are going to the most fantastic facility. The pitch is incredible, the players will be treated magnificently but they will be tired by the end of the week. There will be two or three sessions a day, but they are ready for that.

“It’s us versus the world. Everything depends on trying to be successful.”

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