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Dempsey | "Not many teams will want to play against us"

Gills skipper upbeat following 2-2 draw with Doncaster.

21 March 2021

Kyle Dempsey says the squad remain positive despite letting two goal lead slip at home to Doncaster.

Gills captain Kyle Dempsey was left disappointed following the 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, but says the squad can take positives from the performance.

Dempsey knew that Gills were positioned to win the game and offered his full assessment of the result.

He said: “We had such a good start to the game going 2-0 up early doors, so in our heads, we were thinking of getting a third or fourth. We have a sloppy 15-20 minutes and let them back in the game.

“We’ve done well to weather the storm, and then the second half, I thought we were in total control.

“It’s a disappointing mood because we know we’ve dropped two points that we should have had.”

The Gills had a couple of big chances denied by great defending in the second half, and Dempsey saw a goal-bound effort blocked by Joe Wright.

The Gills skipper knew that on another day, the fortunes could have been very different.

He said: “There’d been a couple of big opportunities, and I had one myself. A couple of their guys blocked it, and on another day, it goes underneath their legs.”

Despite failing to win from a two-goal lead, Dempsey believes that the result is a sign of improvement within the squad.

Dempsey said: “Taking a positive out of today. After coming back to 2-2, I think the old us a couple of months back would have crumbled and got beaten.

“Today, we showed resilience, stuck together and should have put the game to bed. It’s just one of those days, and you’ve got to be happy with that.”

After the point gained, the Gills sit two points off the play-offs and climbed up into 8th place. Dempsey has full belief that the squad can make that final push to be playing in mid-May.

He said: “We’re confident. We’re going into every game thinking that we’re going to win, and I think a couple of teams now are starting to look at us.

“Not many teams in this league will want to play against us.

“We always get criticised for our style of play, but in League One, it’s about finding a way to win, and we’ve found that. We’ve got our identity, and we’ll stick to that.”

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