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Gaffer | "They've given everything for the cause"

Gills boss proud of his men following 1-0 win over Wigan.

31 March 2021

Steve Evans said he could not have asked any more of his players following a 1-0 win over Wigan which puts Gills sixth in the table.

Gills boss Steve Evans heaped praise on his players following Wednesday's 1-0 home win against Wigan which put his side into the Sky Bet League 1 play-off places.

Vadaine Oliver scored the only goal of the game at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, his 17th of the season, and the manager was delighted with the finish from his top scorer.

Evans said: “I said to the players when you get the chance, put that four iron on [Vadaine] Oliver’s head, and that’s exactly what Ryan Jackson did.

“Not only was that a fantastic header, but he’s also a foot higher than the defender. You could have put two goalkeepers in the goal, and they don’t save it.”

It was a hard-fought win for Gills as Wigan made life difficult. The visitors had plenty of chances in the game, but Evans’ side stood strong and continued to battle.

Evans was full of praise for the effort and grit his side showed as they climbed up into the play-off places.

He said: “What also impressed me tonight is that the whole team, as they’ve been since the turn of the year, have given everything for the cause. They are so fit and that's testament to the medical team.

"It's the fans of Gillingham Football Club's opportunity to dream.

"You probably saw me walk towards the Rainham End when the referee blew his whistle. I was almost going to give it the fist pump.

"I miss them, Paul [Raynor] misses them, and the players miss them. We know tonight that the Rainham End erupts."

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