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Raynor | "We were a constant threat"

Gills assistant boss pleased with performance against Charlton.

21 November 2020

Paul Raynor felt the Gills deserved more from Saturday's display at home to Charlton.

Gills assistant manager Paul Raynor said the team were disappointed not to come away with all three points against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, having gone 1-0 up against the Addicks at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Jack Bonham had saved a Conor Washington penalty in the first half before Jordan Graham converted a Gills spot kick in the second, but Chuks Aneke struck in the closing minutes of the game to ensure the points were shared in the early League 1 kick-off.

Speaking after the game, Paul said: "I thought it was an extremely good performance. The down side is that we only came away with one point, and that's disappointing.

“I thought we had a fantastic shape about us, we nullified the real threat that Charlton have; they’ve got some fantastic attacking players from the bench, and starting the game. On chances I think we should be talking about a clear victory for us, but unfortunately we weren’t ruthless enough and it wasn’t to be.

“It was more a tale of chances that we didn’t take, and we didn’t take the three points that we probably should have done. I think it’s two points dropped, reflecting on the game, we are disappointed. We come into each game expecting to win, and wanting to win. I thought the shape was good; I thought we were a real attacking threat, and if you put those things together, it was a good performance, but the game is about taking chances.

“We should be talking about a hat-trick for Vadaine Oliver with the chances he had; he’s been brilliant all season, he’s disappointed he didn’t take at least one of them but he will bounce back and he will score more goals for us.

“Charlton were always a danger and had quality on the pitch but we felt reasonably comfortable and we were a real threat on the break. We put them under real pressure and we decided after half-time that two strikers might hurt them; we injected a bit more pace and power, went 4-4-2 and big John was a real handful as soon as he came on.

“We started to get crosses in the box and forced them back. We couldn’t increase the lead, you do get a bit deeper, a bit apprehensive and you can’t give quality strikers that room in the box.

“We tried to get the block in, but we weren’t close enough. We gave him [Aneke] too much time.

“There were chances coming from all over the pitch. I thought we looked really good, and solid at the back. It was a bit of a dilemma who was going to play alongside Jack Tucker. We went for Zech’s pace and I thought he did very well and the back four, on the whole, contained a very lively Charlton attack.”

Bonham was again one of the best performers for the Gills on Saturday afternoon, but Paul Raynor said he wasn’t surprised to see the keeper save another penalty.

He added: “Jack has consistently done that for us, he does his homework, works with Ian [Pledger] on where people are likely to be put them and it was a great save. There was a hand on Omar’s back, was there enough to push him over? I don’t know, it was slightly dubious and they will probably feel a little aggrieved [about Gills penalty]; Chris Gunter doesn’t mean to intentionally trip John Akinde, who has gone beyond him, and he catches his heel.”

The assistant manager said the recent run has given everyone reason to be encouraged, having previously gone five games without a win, and he’s now looking forward to a tough game against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

He added: “That wasn’t a good time for us, we knew that, but some of the performances in those five defeats were very good, we just couldn’t convert the chances. Sunderland could have gone either way, as could Fleetwood, and we came away with nothing.

“Since the Crewe game we played well in the second half against Woking, a good performance against Arsenal and a really good performance today, so it’s something to build on.

“If we play like we did here I’m sure there will be three points on the way. Glyn will get them up for it; we are ready for that, we just want to get three points on the board.

“They [AFC Wimbledon] have started the season quite well; it will be a proper game and we are looking forward to it; we will get the boys recovered.”


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