Gaffer | "Fans should be proud"

Gills boss confident his young side will improve.

Steve Evans was delighted with Saturday’s 3-1 win over Oxford United but insists his young Gills side can play even better.

Vadaine Oliver and Jacob Mellis gave Gills a 2-0 lead over the Yellows at MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday, and although the visitors scored early in the second half, Jordan Graham converted with real quality inside the penalty to help seal back-to-back wins for Steve Evans' men.

After the game the Gaffer said: “They have shown a desire, a fight and a spirit. The Gillingham fans should be really proud of that.

“We had to find a way to win the game and we found it. We did it through organisation, shape and discipline. We worked on our shape Thursday and Friday and the boys put some hours in. We worked hard.

“In performance terms we will get much better, we know that, but for that we must all continue to work hard on the training ground.”

Oxford dominated for large periods of the game and may have come out on top in the match stats, but it was the Gills’ clinical finishing that eventually proved the difference.

“We got sloppy on a couple of occasions and rolled over possession too easy,” admitted Evans. “That is when Oxford had their best spells.

“It could have been 5-4 either way. I am not saying we played Oxford off the pitch and won 3-1 with an emphatic performance. We took our chances when they came. Our goalkeeper made two great saves but in fairness to their goalkeeper he has done the same in the second half.

“Oxford are a good side and we had to find a way to win a football match. That comes from effort, desire and passion.

“It’s a good win for us. Karl Robinson (Oxford’s manager) will be disappointed. They had good possession, they had chances, but we found a way to win and that is what is important from our point of view.

“It was a deserved three points if you take everything into consideration,” he concluded.