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Gaffer at the Weekend

A few words from the Gills boss.

11 April 2021

The Gills boss answers a few questions following Saturday's 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury.

Q: Having had chance to reflect on Saturday's result, how do you evaluate the performance?
 
A1: The lads worked incredibly hard and created at least six very good chances to win the game.
 
I was disappointed with our final third of the pitch play, it was a day where we didn’t show enough quality.
 
We never looked like conceding a goal which was good, but it’s certainly a game we should have won.
 
 
Q: You said on Thursday Shrewsbury would be well drilled and structured. It appeared to be one of those games that required a spark?
 
A2: The spark needed was a goal. I really believe had we got one goal we would have scored a few more such was the second half dominance.
 
Shrewsbury Town are a decent team but even those lads knew at the end it was a great point given the chances we missed.
 
 
Q: We had a few big chances to take the lead, and perhaps win the game. When these are not taken, do you mention it after the match or do players generally not need telling?
 
A3: The dressing room was silent, we all knew we left two points behind.
 
The lads who missed the big chances have been brilliant for us in the main and on another day we get a right few goals but, sadly, not to be.
 
 
Q: Robbie Cundy was back in the heart of defence. Getting a clean sheet must have been good to achieve on his return?
 
A4: It was good to have Robbie back and he was excellent.
 
The kid gives you everything and he has a lot of the characteristics that will see him enjoy a good career.
 
 
Q: No midweek game for us. What's your schedule like this week?
 
A5: The lads will have a full week's training which is essential for two very tough away games at Oxford and Peterborough respectively.
 
We will also fit in a training ground game for those that need some match minutes.
 
Preparation is key and that will be the focus. The lads we have work so hard and we as staff love working with players of that mindset, so we should enjoy a good week.
 
 
Q: It's Oxford next. Under Karl Robinson they are always dangerous and scored six at Crewe on Saturday. It's a huge game for both teams; how do you approach that one?
 
A6: We will approach the game in the same fashion as any other. We will have a plan and we know we will need to be at our best to get something from Oxford who have an outstanding squad in place.
 
 
Q: Any knocks or impact injuries from Saturday?
 
A7; A few of the lads came off yesterday a bit bruised. We will see how everyone is later today and we will start to work on a plan for Oxford.
 

We all know what we have to do!


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