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Gaffer at the Weekend

The Gills boss delivers his usual Sunday Q & A.

16 February 2020

Steve Evans answers a few questions following Saturday's 2-1 win over Doncaster.

Q: How satisfied were you with yesterday's result considering the conditions?

A1: The conditions were always going to make it difficult for both teams as the one weather element players hate is wind.

It was a superb result on the back of a long midweek journey to Blackpool.

I would like to dedicate the win to a a really good friend, and ex colleague of mine, Stuart Gray, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday morning.

Stuart has worked for me as a player and future opposition scout in my time at Crawley Town, Rotherham United, Leeds United, Mansfield Town and of course, until now at Peterborough United. I spoke with Darren Ferguson yesterday morning and we both agreed he was not only a great man, husband and Father but outstanding at his job. RIP my dear friend!

Q: We had to come from behind too but credit to the boys for digging in and for sticking to the game plan?

A2: The lads have been fantastic since last summer. Players and brilliant professionals like Ehmer, Fuller, O'Keefe and Lee are hard to get in today's modern football but the rest of our lads are following their lead and it's fantastic to work with them.

Q: Any victory is important but to do it against a side also chasing a top six place gives it extra significance?

A3: Every point or three in League 1 need to be earned and yesterday was no exception.

Rovers are a team with quality players and a super Manager so it was always going to be a close contest, but our almost near total dominance in the second period got the deserved victory.

Q: We are back in action against Southend on Tuesday. They are not in the best of form but will be scrapping for every point. What will be your message to the players ahead of this one?

A4: Bar the odd exception, Southend have been in every game they have played recently including yesterday's match against a strong Coventry City. They dominated for spells but lost to a team fighting for automatic promotion.

We will need to be much improved on Tuesday night versus yesterday if we are to get anything from the match. It will be tough, they have excellent players and the highest profile of any manager in our league.

Q: Alfie Jones missed out on Saturday. Does he have a chance of making the trip?

A5: Alfie is now very close to a return and I will make a decision on him after training tomorrow.

He is a top player who has been outstanding for us so it would be great to have him back.

Q: Geographically it's one of our closest away games. I'm sure you'll call on the fans to turn up in huge numbers to back the boys?

A6: I can ask no more of our supporters, they have been superb home and away.

Hopefully a number can make the journey as I know how much it means to all of us as we try and add to our points tally.

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