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Macca | "This Gills team will not give up"

Gills midfielder Alex MacDonald previews Saturday's visit of Shrewsbury at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

9 April 2021

Macca says the Gills squad will fight until the very end to try and secure a play-off spot.

Gillingham players will never give up on their play-off dream insists Alex MacDonald, who says they have nothing to lose and everything to gain ahead of their Sky Bet League One clash with Shrewsbury Town.

The energetic midfielder, speaking with local press on Zoom, said: “We don’t want to be sat there in the summer reflecting on a campaign and thinking we could have given more. We believe that we have what it takes and we will be fighting till the last moment.

“We will give everything until it is mathematically impossible. We are very confident and we are in great form; this is a Gillingham team that is just not going to give up and that’s not going to change on Saturday. Shrewsbury are our sole and only focus.

“They have a very experienced manager in Steve Cotterill. He was my manager when I was coming through the youth team at Burnley, so I know what he stands for. He’s experienced, successful and knows what he is doing. The team can’t be taken lightly; they are a good side. We are not underestimating them. We will be well prepared and up for it.”

MacDonald, who believes his experience will be beneficial to the younger members of the squad during the business end of the season, says the importance of Saturday’s fixture cannot be overstated after the disappointing loss to Blackpool on Monday.

He said: “We are not looking further than Shrewsbury Town on Saturday; it’s a must-win for us.

“Monday was a real kick in the teeth, prior to then we had lost one in nine. We felt we were in a great place and were playing some really tough teams in that spell, and that is going to be the case for the remaining six games, but it’s up to me and the other experienced players to make sure that we take these opportunities.

“I’m on the wrong side of 30, so to get promoted now from this league, it’s a massive accolade for anyone’s C.V. I’ve been drumming it into the players that these chances don’t come along very often, so when they do, you have to grasp them with both hands.

“Over my career, I have had great seasons where I have been promoted automatically, I’ve missed out on the last day, I’ve lost in the semi-finals and finals of play-offs and I’ve won in play-off finals. I’ve done quite a lot of it and I’m still desperate to be involved again.

“First, we have to take care of Shrewsbury and get three points. We know the magnitude of the game and we will be giving it everything.”

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