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Evans | "It's two points left behind"

Gills boss reacts following 0-0 draw at Burton Albion.

8 February 2020

Steve Evans was disappointed to leave the Pirelli Stadium with just a single point after his side control proceedings for long periods at Burton.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans felt the 0-0 draw at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon epitomised his side’s season, a point which made it eleven games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One for his team.

Matty Willock, Jordan Roberts and John Akinde all went close in the first-half at the Pirelli Stadium before Tommy O’Connor rifled against the bar in the final minutes as Gillingham had to settle for a point on the road.

Speaking after the game, Evans said: “I’m frustrated because we dominated from start to finish, we had three or four good opportunities and we didn’t take them, and their keeper has made one or two great saves. Without a doubt it’s two points left behind.

“We were on the front foot today without a couple of key players. We should win the game but it’s a difficult place to come. The Brewers have got a good team, a good manager and are well organised, but they rode their luck today.”

Evans continued: “The decision making in the final third wasn’t where it should have been and that’s probably why we are where we are in the table, rather than the top six because we are battering teams every week and we should be there.”

Evans handed a first start since September to Matty Willock and he was pleased with the hour he managed to get out of the midfielder. The Gills boss also praised the performance of the man that replaced Willock, Jordan Graham, his latest loan signing from Wolves.

“Matty (Willock) was cramping up,” he said. “He’s had the hamstring in that area before so as soon as he said he was cramping up we took him off. The introduction of Jordan Graham worked though, he was tremendous. Colin Daniel is a great lad who played for me but he didn’t know where he was at the finish when Jordan had the ball, so credit to Jordan.”

It was a tenth draw on the road for Evans’ side, but he is looking for more from his players, with the fine margins in League One being so crucial.

“I’m getting disappointed with these draws to be fair,” the Gills boss added. “We are drawing with teams we should be putting away. We’ve drawn four or five recently and we should probably win two or three of those and we should probably win today.

“I’ve been here many times, I’ve taken a battering here many times, I’ve gone away winning a couple of times but this is the first time I’ve gone away really really down as we have dominated from three o’clock.”

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