Gaffer | "You have to take your chances"

Steve Evans spoke to the media following the club's narrow 1-0 defeat at Ipswich.

Gills boss Steve Evans said missed chances once again cost his side as a late Ipswich goal at Portman Road secured all three points in a 1-0 victory on Tuesday evening. 

The visitors were under pressure for much of the opening half but were much better following the interval and had a number of chances to get themselves ahead, but having not taken them, the Tractor Boys struck with five minutes left to secure the win. 

Speaking after the game, the Gaffer said: “I think the first half was a disciplined performance with a good organisation and good shape. 

“We got through to half-time and we said with more belief let’s take them on and I think one team played all the Football, made all the chances and we hit the post right at the end. There are a lot of good players out there that have played well and given everything; Ipswich are a good team full of quality players but I think they are second best for long spells. I think the referee played a key part. 

“We’ve lost four games but we were outstanding in the second half. Jordan Graham was on fire, MacDonald did well on the left, we put balls in, they cleared off the line and if there is a criticism, we didn’t take our chances and when you play against clubs like this you have to take chances when they come. 

“We’ve played really well, we should win the game, it shouldn’t be a point. Credit to Ipswich, they stuck to their task, they got the goal and that’s what good players and teams manage to do.”

The manager was forced into two changes on the night with Jack Bonham and Ryan Jackson leaving the field due to injury, and Evans revealed he is having to utilise all of the experience at his disposal to get through this tricky patch. 

He added: “We’ve lost Jacko for a month; Mellis is out for the season, he’s torn the cartilage in such a bad way, end of season. He was just settling in and producing some super performances. We’ve had to endure Stuart too.  

“That was Kyle Dempsey’s second game in three and a half months; Tommy O’Connor is out for a month. I don’t know what is going to happen with Jack; it’s as big a test as I’ve ever had as a manager.  

“Our injury situation, I’ve never known anything like it. I think our best player was Robbie McKenzie, I think in central midfield he bossed it. Five or six minutes into added time they were screaming for time. 

“Declan Drysdale was attending a funeral in a Tier three area so we let him go, brought him back, tested him and when the result of that comes in, if it’s clear, he’ll be back in the bubble. 

“Josh Eccles didn’t train on Monday because his girlfriend has had a baby so congratulations.

“We didn’t deserve to lose against Fleetwood and we certainly didn’t deserve to lose on Tuesday. We’ll have to take it. 

“We’ll be very limited in what we’ve got available, we know that.”

As for the goalkeeping situation, the manager said he may well have to go into the market to sign another.

He added: “If Jack can’t play we need to bring in a goalkeeper anyway, we can’t just start with one. Joe is at the early stages of his development.”