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Gaffer | "Time to focus on Oxford"

Gills boss Steve Evans says the focus of his squad will now be on the two tough upcoming away games against Oxford and Peterborough respectively.

11 April 2021

The manager says his team will be ready for both upcoming away league games.

Steve Evans insists Gillingham “are not out of if yet” but admits there is little room for error as their season-long marathon turns into a final lung-bursting sprint to the finish.

The Gills remain agonisingly close to the top six, but with games running out the Kent side are going to need to pull off a strong run of results to gatecrash the play-off party.

Two upcoming season-defining away games, which the Gills boss himself describes as ‘monstrous’, will see his players hunting for maximum points in an attempt to defy the odds.

Evans, speaking with the press after Saturday’s goalless stalemate with Shrewsbury, said: “We had five chances today, when you have five chances you shouldn’t be coming away with a 0-0 scoreline. We have let them take a point back to Shropshire, and that’s disappointing.

“Before the game, I said that we had to win a minimum of four and not lose two. We have not lost today; we got a point. We have five to go, so it’s quite simple, if we lose at Oxford and Peterborough, we are done. We need to win four out of five.

“We are still fighting, we understand that teams have games in hand, we are not silly.

“We will prepare for two, as-tough-as-you-get, away games, away to Oxford, who have scored six today [Saturday], and away to Peterborough, who will be in the Championship next year.

“It’s time to focus on Oxford. We need to go there and produce a big performance. We need the same endeavour but a bit more quality. We will be ready. We are going there to try and win the game.”

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