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Ogilvie Post-Accrington

Connor Ogilvie says the squad remains upbeat ahead of the busy festive period.

16 December 2020

Gills defender says squad need to remain positive ahead of busy Christmas fixture schedule.

Connor Ogilvie described Gillingham’s Sky Bet League One 2-0 defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley on Tuesday as a “tale of two boxes.” A failure to score combined with two defensive lapses left the Gills empty-handed on a frustrating night at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Gillingham put in a much improved second-half performance but they were chasing the game after a frustrating opening 45 minutes at ME7. Goals from Accrington’s Colby Bishop and Dion Charles were enough to condemn the Gills to back-to-back defeat but Ogilvie says belief is still very high in the changing room.

The defender said after the game: “With the players we have got, I don’t see why we can’t compete higher up the table. Obviously the last two games haven’t been up to our standards but we need to work on that. We beat Bristol Rovers and Swindon recetly so we know we can do it.

“We need to keep each other motivated and upbeat and keep performing like we have done in the last two games in the second half. We need to start like that to get results.

“You have to be clinical in their box and shut up shop in your own and we didn’t do that. We need to work on that and improve. I’m sure we will as we have the players to do it.”

Gillingham travel to Rochdale on Saturday for their next fixture followed by Boxing Day’s home game with high-flying Peterborough, and then Northampton on the road three days later, and Ogilvie says the team are prepared to put in the graft to turn results around.

He said: “We have to get back on the training ground and work hard. We want to be in that top six and climb the table. You can’t get too high on the wins and you can’t get too low on the losses.

“It’s going to be a busy period for us now and we need to pick up as many points as we can. We need to get a result in the next two games and I don’t see why we can’t with the boys we have. The belief in the group is still there.”

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