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Gaffer | "We were not at our best"

Steve Evans delivers his verdict on 2-2 draw with Rochdale.

23 January 2021

Reaction from the manager.

Gills boss Steve Evans said his team “were not at their best” on Saturday, but felt enough clear cut chances were made to win the game against Rochdale.

John Akinde scored deep in second half stoppage time to secure a point for the Gills in a 2-2 draw at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, but the manager felt the game should have been put to bed early in the second half, with opportunities made to go two nil up.

Match Reports


23 January 2021

Speaking after the game, Steve was asked if the management were pleased to secure a point having been 2-1 down with moments to play:

“Not at all," he said. "There isn’t a lot in the first half. If anything, its scrappy. We get the goal, go in front, it’s a good finish from V. We spoke to the boys about starting on the front foot in the second half, and we did that. We missed two clear cut chances, Rochdale are going to have a spell, we found ourselves 2-1 down and from there on in we put got crosses in, put balls into the box and had to throw caution to the wind.

"A late goal is always a good goal if it gets you something. Kyle Dempsey does brilliantly. John catches it sweet and gets the goal. We take the point, it’s two lost, two given away. We worked really hard, I’m not questioning that. We are very disappointed because it was an opportunity to get nearer the top ten.

“It’s really difficult to get in a run of form and get consecutive victories. We made the big chances; we have to take them. If we go two nil up then we feel as if we have a foothold on the game and we can control it.

"We were not at our best today and we accept that. We’ll be back on the training ground on Monday and prepare for Crewe. I’ve said to the team we will make changes.”

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