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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers some questions.

3 November 2019


Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers some questions.

3 November 2019

Some thoughts from the Gills boss.

Q: You summed up yesterday's game during your post-match interview but, having slept on it, what were your overriding thoughts on Saturday's performance?

A1... Rotherham have some quality players so it was always going to be tough.

Both teams had ten efforts at goal, we dominated possession and territory advantage for long periods but they took advantage of some serious individual errors.

We were also very unfortunate with some big key officials decisions that went against us, but the result bore no reflection to the match.

I had a beer with Rotherham Manager Paul Warne afterwards and he agreed that his team should have gone down to ten men in the first half when Brandon Hanlan was hauled down when clean through on goal.

The boys are giving us everything and we will be back at work to prepare for Sunderland next Saturday.

Q: It was always going to be a difficult game with Rotherham having secured some impressive results of late. How important is it now not to let that affect the squad following a couple of good performances at Shrewsbury and Accrington?

A2.... Football is an interesting game. We played better yesterday than last week at Accrington, but that day we were defensively error free and that always gives you the benchmark to win a game.

Q: We take a break from the league now. We head to Sunderland now in the FA Cup. Will that game give you a chance to make a few changes and try some new combinations ahead of the Lincoln game?

A3... There is no doubt in my mind that we will make changes.

Sunderland is a huge club and what comes with that is good players but we will prepare as best as we can to make progress in The FA Cup.

Q: What's the plan for the week ahead?

A4.... The lads will be back on the training ground, morning and afternoon, from tomorrow before we train in the north east on Friday afternoon.

Our performances in the main are good but football is always won in both boxes and we will be focused on these areas.

Q: Three months into the season, how would you assess the start we have made?

A5.... Without doubt very frustrating. The points we have gathered no way reflect what we should have, but football can be cruel at times.

As a management team we can ask no more industry from the lads but they need some quality to help them.

Matty Willock is making rapid progress to be fit and he will be like a new top signing.

Q: Finally, do you think Barry Fuller and Matty will be back in the mix for Sunderland or is Lincoln a more realistic comeback fixture?

A6.... Both players will train this week and we will assess them later in the week, but there is a real possibility.

It is now important we focus on one game at a time and our next one is a game that very few outside Gillingham will give us a chance.

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