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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans delivers his weekly Sunday round-up.

9 February 2020

The Gills manager answers some questions following the 0-0 draw against Burton at the Pirelli.

Q: You said you were disappointed not to come away with all three points on Saturday. However, you must have been pleased with the application of the players against a good Burton side?

A1: Burton Albion are an excellent team but yesterday they largely rode their luck to get a point.

We dominated from the start and it was total dominance in the second period. The application of the players was again outstanding. We must continue to work hard with a real focus and the wins will come.

Q: We hit the bar, forced good saves and delivered a number of fine crosses. Sadly it was just that finishing touch which was missing?

A2: We created numerous good chances. Better finishing from us and a fine goalkeeping display in the Albion goal prevented us scoring.

We could have been more productive and clinical in the final third especially later in the game when we laid siege to Albion’s penalty area.

Q: Our back five were superb and restricted Burton to very few opportunities. Defensively we were excellent?

A3: Our defence in the main has been strong and that is the base for any team to build their foundations on.

Every one of the lads in that defensive unit, including Jack Bonham in goal, have been excellent but those standards are judged in every game we play so we must continue the hard work.

Q: Matty Willock was back in the starting XI. What was your assessment of his display and  how is he having come off in the second half?

A4: Matty is fine. His performance was excellent, strong and powerful.

He was in this morning for a recovery session and he is available for selection at Blackpool.

Q: Jordan Graham came off the bench to make his debut. He looked a real threat almost instantly. Some fans won't know much about him; what does he offer to the team?

A5: Jordan Graham is a great signing for us.

The kid has all the attributes to play much higher. I had to work hard to get him here and he will certainly play a part going forward.

He has pace, strength, technique and can take a chance, but let's get him settled in before expectations are put on him.

Q: Stuart O'Keefe and Alfie Jones both have niggles. Will they be okay to travel on Monday?

A6: Both lads are in this morning and will travel.

Q: Blackpool presents another difficult challenge. What sort of game are you expecting?

A7: This will be a really tough challenge for us.

Blackpool have outstanding players and a Manager to match.

We will need to be at our very best to return back to Kent with a point or three.

Simon Grayson will have them organised and they will be confident after a good win on Saturday.

Q: You hinted last week that you were looking at a couple of free agents. Are you hoping to have a new face on board within the next week or so?

A8: Yes we certainly hope so.

We really are trying but they must have a big part to play and fit in within our financial boundaries.

There is a great squad of lads here, they work so hard, are really professional and we also need to make sure we add selectively to a brilliant team spirit.


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