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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans delivers his weekly round-up.

7 February 2021

The Gills boss answers a few questions.

Q: Reflecting on Friday's game, scoreline aside, how would you describe our performance?
A1: Our performance was, in large spells, excellent.
We have played far worse and won matches but this is happening for all teams in these difficult times playing football.
The lads had lots of energy, played some great football but only got rewarded with a very harsh score line.
Q: Lincoln are top of the table, strong away from home. Was it the type of game you expected?
A2: Yes, very much so. Lincoln defend very well and have good offensive players but despite the final score we know how it should have finished.
Q: The penalty seemed to deflate us a touch, possibly due to the fact it was a soft award. Were you left disappointed for the boys after working so hard?
A3: Yes for sure.
It is simply not a penalty and the player dived. We had concerns about this type of thing after we did our homework for the match.
It is not the fact Lincoln have had double the amount of penalties versus any other team in the top six, it is when you look back at them individually. That makes you instruct your players to be extra careful, that should never have to be said.
Simulation and the conning of match officials needs to be stamped out the game and that is why we should ban players retrospectively. It happens in other countries and needs to be implemented here ASAP.
Q: After the game what was the focus of your message as we approach a busy period?
A4: We reminded the lads of how well they had played. With that performance level we will win lots of matches so we go back on the training ground and work hard.
Q: It's Charlton next Saturday before we entertain Peterborough. Two more very tough fixtures?
A5: They are two excellent teams, two good managers, so it’s tough, but certainly games we look forward to.
It’s one game at a time and that is Charlton. The manager has done a great job, they have, it seems, an outstanding new owner, something that the club and their fans deserve.
Q: Any injury concerns to speak of?
A6: We have a couple who picked up strains during the Lincoln match but no names will be released. With the smallest squad in League 1 it makes it difficult but we have great faith in the lads we have, a great dressing room.
Q: Are you able to provide an update on Dominic Samuel, will he play before the end of the season?
A7: It is too early to say.

Dominic is working so hard to get fit but only in March will we have an idea ahead of the last month of the season.

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