Lovell | "A really good win"

Tom Eaves racks up his 20th goal of the season as Gills seal important win at Wimbledon.

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell was delighted following his side’s 4-2 win over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow on Saturday afternoon.

After Michael Folivi put the hosts in front, Brandon Hanlan, Graham Burke, Leo Da Silva Lopes and Tom Eaves all scored to ensure Lovell’s men went home with all three points.

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Despite the slow start, Lovell was happy that his team were able to take control of the game and play a positive style of football.

He said: “They started on the front foot, we didn't start brightly and we looked a bit nervous. To go in a 2-1 up was a bit of a bonus and sometimes you have to credit the opposition.

"Once we established ourselves in the second half we played some lovely football and created a number of opportunities. We could have won the game by a bit more. Leo Lopes is getting better in every game, Graham got the second and they've both done very well. It was a good team performance and a really good win, I'm really pleased.

“We did well keeping the ball in the second half and they couldn’t get it off us and there was a number of 10 to 12 passing moves where we then created opportunities. I thought it was an excellent performance in the second half and I'm pleased for all of them."

The win leaves Gills in 12th place in Sky Bet League 1, sitting on 47 points, and Lovell is hoping that his side can keep themselves there.

“That’s what we’re aiming for and that’s what the players are aiming for,” he added.

“There’s seven games to go, and if we play like we have in the last five or six games then we will win more than we lose. We want to finish as high up as we can; it's still really tight down there and we have work to do."

Lovell also had one defiant message to the players who aren’t in the starting eleven.

“They’ve got to fight for their place and when they get their chance they’ve got to take it, they’re all quality players.

“But it’s also credit to how well we have been doing and long may it continue.”