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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers a few questions following Saturday's defeat at Home Park.

15 August 2021

The Gills boss reflects on Saturday's fixture at Home Park.

Q: During your journey home last night, on reflection, what areas of the performance at Plymouth gave you reasons to be positive?
A1: The first half was a really good away performance.
We controlled the game for large parts and missed a couple of good chances at key moments.
We had lots of energy, really good movement and played with a purpose.
Q: You said it was a game of two halves in relation to our displays either side of the break. What did you want to see more of in the second period especially?
A2: We wanted more of the same that we delivered in the first half, but it was the opposite.
I cannot question the efforts and desire of the lads but we stood back and allowed Argyle too much space and when you do that it becomes a huge problem.
Q: Of course, we had chances to go ahead in the first half with Vadaine and Mustapha both denied. We certainly created openings?
A3: Yes we did and I would expect those two clear chances to be taken, but there was also some good defending from the home side.
As I said, the first half was excellent and as most people know that, often, the opening goal is crucial.
Q: Defensively, in the main, we looked fairly resolute. Max, Jack and Jamie in goal looked impressive?
A4: Yes very strong and those lads did not deserve to concede especially so late in the game.
Jack Tucker is improving out of all recognition and having Max Ehmer beside him gives him the confidence to achieve those standards.
Q: Ryan Jackson returned at right-back. How far is he away from 100% fitness?
A5: Ryan felt his hamstring just before we took him off so we will know more when he is assessed today.
Q: Can we expect to see Reeves, Macca or McKenzie on Tuesday? Are any of them long term issues?
A6: Very unlikely.
We are devastated with injuries in a senior squad of 16 players so we must find away to patch up until we get those lads back.
We need our players all available to us to compete in League 1 this season such is the strength of the teams and the financial muscle they have.
Q: Stuart O'Keefe took a knock to his ankle. Will he be okay for Tuesday?
A7: Stuart will be assessed today and we will know more then.
Q: What type of game are you expecting from AFC Wimbledon midweek?
A8: A very tough one.
They have a very decent budget this season and have actually bought a player or two. Mark has got some great signings in the building so we will need to be ready.
Q: Aside from the player you highlighted earlier in the week, can we expect any further additions in the next seven days?

A9: That is very unlikely.

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