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Tucker | "We have to believe in ourselves"

Gills centre-back says the squad are fully capable of getting out of the bottom four sooner rather than later.

13 December 2021

Reacting well is the key, says defender.

A frustrated Jack Tucker said that Gillingham will be “doing everything to get out of this situation” after Saturday’s narrow 2-1 defeat to Fleetwood.

Tucker, speaking to the local media after the game, said: “We are disappointed with the result. We came here to get three points and we are very disappointed to leave empty handed. In the first-half we weren’t quite at the standard we wanted to be at.

"We made it too easy for them. We weren’t positive enough, weren’t aggressive enough going forward. In the second-half we were much better. We were on the front foot all over the pitch and more aggressive. We had fifteen minutes of throwing the kitchen sink at it but unfortunately today it just didn’t drop for us.”

The Gills, 1-0 down at the time, were unfortunate not to be rewarded a penalty before the hour mark which could potentially have drawn them level. Olly Lee looked destined to guide the ball into the net for a certain equaliser, but a shirt tug later, Lee was grounded and the referee waved play on.

“It looked nailed-on,” said Tucker. “From my angle it looks like he was about to roll the ball into the bottom corner, so it doesn’t take a genius to work out that you don’t go down in that situation unless you get touched. I think the referee spoke to a couple of the lads and said he got it wrong.

"We can’t do anything about that now. When you are scrapping at the bottom of the table it’s harder for those decisions to go your way. We can’t keep relying on referee decisions to pick up points, we need to look closer to home and do a bit more ourselves to get points on the board.

“You feel like the whole world is against you at times but it’s not a time to start feeling sorry for yourself. There is a lot of football games to be played between now and the last game of the season. It’s about reacting, training well and going again against Crewe. I’m sure we can get out of this patch but we need to make it happen sooner rather than later. We have to believe in ourselves and give everything.”

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