Victory was there for the taking, says Gills boss.
Gillingham manager Steve Evans felt his side deserved to take all three points against Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon, his team having to settle for a 0-0 draw against his former club.
The Gills controlled the play for much of the contest, with new signing Jordan Roberts and Brandon Hanlan striking the bar in quick succession late in the first half.
Evans said: “I think on another day we go three up. We know Darren [Ferguson] is going to get a reaction because they’re full of good players, but I thought we were very effective for spells in the second half as well. So we go away disappointed but I don’t kid myself, it’s a very difficult place to come.”
The Gillingham manager was left slightly disappointed that his side failed to take one of the many chances that they made, particularly in the first half. He said: “First half, it’s one way traffic really. We have two headers we should score, particularly the second one, and then we have a diving header perhaps we should score. They’re big chances.”
However, Evans admitted he was content to be taking home a point against one of the league’s top sides, but would have liked all three, saying: “I’m very satisfied with the afternoon’s work. I’m disappointed that we have only taken a point, but in saying that you talk about the last second incident with Ivan (Toney), they hit the bar as well.
“A draw is not a fair result today, we should win the game, but we have enormous respect, we could have lost that 1-0, because they have that piece of quality, those players in attacking areas.”
Evans also thanked the efforts of the supporters, with almost 400 Gills fans making the trip up to London Road. He said: “They watched a good performance, particularly in the first half, we were attacking the goal that they were based at. They probably deserved to see a goal, they’ll probably go away down the road back to Kent, thinking we should win it.”