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Gaffer | "The players gave everything"

Gills boss heaps praise on his players following Ipswich defeat.

21 September 2019

Steve Evans delighted with his players despite narrow defeat at Priestfield.

Gillingham Manager Steve Evans said he was proud of his players despite their 1-0 defeat to Ipswich Town at Priestfield on Saturday.

Speaking after the loss, which ended the Gills’ four-match unbeaten run in League One, Evans said: “I just said [to the players] they’re a credit to the badge, and the supporters are a credit to the badge because they believed today, they believed we’d score a goal, and I think if Alex (Jakubiak) scores, we’re probably that much in the ascendancy at that time we win the game, because it’s domination at that stage.

“The change of system worked and the territory was one way. There are numerous emotions, we asked them to leave everything on the pitch and I think both sets of players gave everything. In reality, we should win today. Our control of games is getting better.”

Report | Gillingham 0-1 Ipswich Town

The Gills Manager also said that his side were improving game-by-game, but weren’t getting the results they deserve just yet. He said: “We’re getting better, we’ve said it before we’ve not had the rewards at Blackpool here, or Tranmere away, and Bristol on Tuesday, we’re not getting the rewards at the minute. But what you do then is you dig and work hard and you believe and you keep getting on the training ground and doing that.”

Evans did however bemoan a number of key areas that he felt cost his side saying: “I look at the big chance we make, it’s a huge chance, we miss it, I look at the mistakes for the goal, there’s two mistakes, easy ball in, simple header, we don’t track a runner, and then obviously, we look at the big chance in the second half when we go down the middle and we should score.”

The Gaffer also had praise for both sets of supporters at the final whistle. He said: “I think supporters of both clubs were tremendous, Ipswich supporters turned up in huge numbers.”

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