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Gaffer | "We need five big performances"

Gills boss says it is exciting to be considered play-off contenders, but admits five huge performances are required to get into the top six.

15 April 2021

The boss says his team will need to put in five big performances if Gills are to break into the top six, but says there is no reason why it can't be done.

Steve Evans says Gillingham have “five cup finals” ahead of them and he will be asking for big performances every time his players step on the pitch.

The Gills are amongst a clutch of clubs battling it out for a play-off spot and Evans knows his men may need to win at least four of the last five to give themselves a fighting chance.

First stop is a trip to the Kassam Stadium to face in-form Oxford, a team who have plundered ten goals in their previous two games.

Evans, speaking with the local press on Zoom ahead of the Sky Bet League One clash, said: “I think it is brilliant. I am around the town and in the supermarket speaking to real people, the supporters, and they are so excited. We are going to have to produce the form of our lives to get into the play-offs, but it is exciting to be described as ‘outside contenders’ by pundits. I’d rather be an outside contender than not a contender at all. We will work on a plan to be ready for Oxford on Saturday evening.

“There are some big players at Oxford. They are an excellent squad with many gifted individuals. We are not hiding from the fact that we will need to be at our best to compete with them. We have a lot of respect for our opponents.

“Currently, they are fantastic. They went to Crewe and scored six, it could have been more, then they go to Shrewsbury and score four, and that could have been more.

“End of the day, we are all in League One for a reason. There are lots of positives in that Oxford group, but they have some deficiencies that we have analysed. We have a plan to execute and we are capable of going there and making it a contest.

“What these boys at Gillingham are doing is incredible, they have us fighting for that play-off pack. Resources don’t win you games, it is heart, desire, commitment and passion. We are dedicated and motivated, now we need five big, big performances.

“Let’s try and take it to four games to go. Let’s come out of Oxford with something to add to our tally.

“We will get on the team coach leaving Kent knowing that we are capable.”

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