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Gaffer | "We need to be disciplined"

Steve Evans says his team will have to do the simple things well on Tuesday night to have any chance of resisting a strong Norwich side.

3 August 2021

Gaffer calls for efficiency from his men as Gills head to Carrow Road for friendly fixture.

Steve Evans is calling for an "organised and efficient" performance from his players ahead of their midweek visit to Premier League outfit Norwich City.

The Gills manager believes that a challenging pre-season is the perfect way to prepare for the demands of a fresh campaign and he expects his squad to be fully tested when they come up against the Canaries at Carrow Road.

Ahead of Tuesday's friendly clash with last season's Championship-toppers, Evans said: "We are very proud to be invited by Norwich City Football Club to have their first game in front of their supporters since they have won promotion.

"We are probably going to be playing in front of a 17,000 crowd so I am sure there will be a carnival atmosphere, but we need to go there and be disciplined or we will get a hiding, this is a team that is going to be playing in the Premier League. 

"I've always believed in a tough pre-season. Leyton Orient was tough, as are the other teams we were scheduled to play; Peterborough, QPR and Millwall. With all due respect we don't want to go local in Kent and win 7-0. That would serve me no purpose, unless it was just to keep the Chairman and fans smiling.

"Robbie McKenzie and Ryan Jackson will be sitting out for the Norwich game; we are hoping Ryan will be fit for Lincoln. Everyone else will train on Monday, so that's good. We are delighted with the team's fitness considering the Covid issues we have had. We will be strong and competitive and hopefully we can do some good business soon; we are still looking at players to add to the group.

"We go forward to Norwich on Tuesday. They will be a real test for us. We will need to work on our organisation and shape, discipline and matching their runners, doing our jobs and keeping the ball when we have possession.These are the challenges we need before we play Lincoln on the opening day."

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