Gaffer | "The lads are giving everything"

Steve Evans says the squad has every right to be confident ahead of two tough games following Saturday's positive display at home to Fleetwood.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans spoke about the ‘fine margins’ in football after his side put in a good performance without reward on Saturday. His team struck the woodwork twice and found opposing goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler in fine form as they fell 2-0 to Fleetwood at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Evans, however, saw enough quality in the Gills side at the weekend to be confident they can bounce back against Ipswich.

The Gills gaffer said after the Fleetwood game: “I think the best team has lost. We bossed it for long periods.

“A fair reflection at half-time would have seen us two goals ahead as a minimum against a very good team and competitive Manager in Joey Barton.

“Results in football will always come and our performance against Fleetwood, for large parts, was very good. This young group will learn from it and we will go again Tuesday against Ipswich.”

The Tractor Boys started the season brightly with five wins and a draw before losing their last two league fixtures, meaning Paul Lambert’s men will be eager for the points to keep them amongst the front runners.

Evans, however, feels that the burden of expectation will be on the home side, something the Gills, as underdogs, can exploit.

“We face another top side,” said the manager. “But they have just lost two consecutive league matches. League One is a serious competition. Anything other than promotion for them this season is a disaster, so I know where the pressure is.

“We are all still very much learning what the group is about and it would be fair to say that a number of injuries to key players has affected us in the process. The lads are giving everything they can. I am so proud to work with them.

“I am confident we can win at Ipswich but at the same time I recognise just how good a team they are.”