Gaffer | "We are in a terrific position"

Gaffer addresses the media ahead of Gills trip to London Road.

Manager Steve Evans praised the people of Medway for creating a special atmosphere at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Sunday throughout their FA Cup tie against West Ham but warned the club now must “move on and get league points” ahead of Saturday’s trip to his former side Peterborough.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s game he said: “We’ve got a fantastic dressing room and everyone is pulling in the same direction and we are in a good place which helps with winning football matches. Sunday was great but we need to move on now and focus on winning more points in the league.

“Everyone knew what I wanted to achieve when I came here because I didn’t hide behind the bush. We are three points off the play-offs, we lost in the third round of the FA Cup against a very good Premier League team with a new manager and we have a solid dressing room and we know what we want to do in this transfer window…we are in a terrific position.”

Evans reserved praise for Jack Tucker who extended his Gills contract over the festive period amid interest from other clubs, but Evans believes he has a very bright future in the game.

“Jack is a terrific talent. To be so young and show his level of commitment and desire is exceptional. Of course he will make the odd mistake but to have played 14 or 15 games so far this season is terrific but of course it isn’t just him that is excelled.

“Connor Ogilvie is getting better every week and he is only 23, we will only add players that will add quality. We don’t want to lose anyone; everyone has a value but I wouldn’t expect to lose anyone.”

Mikael Ndjoli has returned to Bournemouth paving the way for the arrival of Jordan Roberts from Ipswich, but Evans hailed the fantastic effort put in from Ndjoli during his time in Kent.

“Mika was getting frustrated at the lack of game time which you respect and Bournemouth wanted him back so that they can send him somewhere else where he will play more. He was a fantastic kid and I don’t know anyone that has a bad word to say about him.

“We are working hard to improve this squad and watching lots of games but we will only add to the squad if it is going to improve it.”

Evans returns to Peterborough this weekend to face his old side but he admits the Posh are close to his heart after a spell there as manager.

“I follow all my old teams whether that is Leeds, Rotherham, Crawley etc. but Peterborough is close to my heart, a great club with a great Chairman. They are all great people there and I am looking forward to going there.

“They have seriously invested into their squad this week with nearly a million pound being spent so that makes our jobs harder but I want to win and I have the same enthusiasm for this game as I do any other.”