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Gaffer | "It's two points left behind"

Steve Evans delivers his reaction following the 2-2 draw with Doncaster at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

20 March 2021

Match reaction from the Gaffer.

Steve Evans was left feeling frustrated following the 2-2 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Jordan Graham and Vadaine Oliver inside the opening five minutes got Gillingham off to the perfect start, but Tom Anderson and James Coppinger struck within a few minutes of each other to bring the game level.

Graham struck the post in the second half, and Dempsey was denied with a last-ditch block, to ensure the points were shared.

Evans was more than impressed with the way his side started the game.

He said: “Everyone knows we started the game with great form. It was a great counter-attack and a good finish from Jordan. The second goal was straight off the training ground.

“It’s a credit to the players. We’ve got really good players on that pitch who are playing really well. More importantly, they’re giving everything they can.

“The second half reaction was tremendous. It’s only good fortune and a lack of composure that doesn’t see us win the game.”

Despite the frustrations surrounding the two goals conceded, Evans was keen to turn them into positives as Gills enter a crucial nine-game stretch.

He said: “The briefing to the players is that we learn from today. In the next nine games, if we go 2-0 up early doors in a game, then we have to manage that situation better and cut individual errors out.”

Stuart O’Keefe was forced off late in the game following a nasty clash, and Evans gave an update on his vice-captain.

Evans said: “He’s fine; I think he just winded him. It was a strong challenge.”

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