Gaffer at the Weekend

The Gills boss answers a few questions following the weekend's win over Lincoln at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Q: A very welcome three points yesterday against Lincoln. The second half in particular was very encouraging. What aspects of the performance pleased you most?

A1: The lads carried out the game plan brilliantly. The hard work put in on the training ground brought its rewards.

The energy levels were excellent and the quality of our passing and movement in the second half was a pleasure to watch.

Q: It was a total team effort from back to front; the players gave everything for the shirt. As the Manager you can't ask for much more?

A2: The minimum my teams over the years have been known for is their effort, intensity and being relentless. It takes time to get a squad of players who do this naturally but day by day the lads are getting there.

We have a fantastic team spirit in the camp and our senior players are playing a key part which is very much needed.

Q: From your perspective the only thing missing was a few more goals?

A3: Yes absolutely. The goals will come if we keep working as hard and, in general, displaying the key essential ingredients we showed in the last few matches.

Q: A clean sheet is always good to get too. Jack Bonham didn't have many saves to make but commanded his box when crosses came in?

A4: I thought Jack look very assured, not only yesterday, but for a little while now.

He has been commanding his penalty area and giving excellent distribution. Jack is a first class goalkeeper who is more than playing his part.

Q: The support throughout the game was terrific. You've spoken about how intimidating MEMS Priestfield Stadium can be and yesterday that proved to be the case?

A5: Fantastic from start to finish. In fairness to the supporters they are more than good and the very least I can do is "Thank" them on behalf of all us.

Q: A word on Mikael Mandron. He quite rightly won 'Man of the Match.' Is that the type of performance you knew he was capable of when you signed him?

A6: Mikael is a great lad; everyone in the club loves him and want him to do well.

We had a very honest chat a few weeks ago when I outlined I wasn't happy with his contribution but at the same time gave him a plan to turn it round. Since that day he has become the player I always rated very highly but there is so much more to come from him.

Every day he smiles and when he plays like yesterday we all smile with him.

Q: On to Sunderland next in the FA Cup, another very difficult game. With another home tie at stake it would be great to get through?

A7: Sunderland will be very tough. The reality is they are one of the giants in League 1, have a brilliant squad of players to call on plus a very talented Manager in Phil Parkinson.

I have no thoughts on the next round and what it might be. We will need to produce another top class performance to win on Tuesday and we will need a very passionate support inside MEMS Priestfield Stadium to help us deliver our objective.

Q: Does Tommy O'Connor come back into the mix or is he likely to sit out?

A7: Tommy is still with the Republic of Ireland on International duty so that is unlikely.

I am considering a few changes to the starting line up as I want us to be really fresh to match a Sunderland team who had no game yesterday.

There is no doubt what is being generated here is a real togetherness on and off the pitch.... after all, we are in this together!!