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Gaffer | "We are disappointed not to win"

Gills boss proud of his men but felt victory was within their grasp at the KCOM.

27 March 2021

Match reaction from the Gaffer.

Steve Evans said he was frustrated to leave the KCOM Stadium with just a point on Saturday following a 1-1 draw with Hull.

Former Gills striker Tom Eaves netted in the first half with a precise header, only for Olly Lee to come off the bench and level the scores just after the hour mark.

Hull created chances, but didn’t take them, and Dominic Samuel nearly gave the visitors maximum points but his last gasp effort, the last kick of the game, struck the post.

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27 March 2021

Following the game, the manager said he was proud of his players but felt they should have been walking away as winners.

He said: “Of course we are frustrated; we’ve started the game really well and should be in front inside a minute. John has a good chance and then we seemed to be playing ping pong on the line, about seven or eight minutes and three good chances to put us in front, and then with their first real meaningful attack Eavesy scores.

“In the second part of the first half it became two teams committed but not really making chances at either end of the pitch. At half-time we said there is so much more to come from us, we changed shape two or three times, changed the personnel and obviously we got the goal.

“Vadaine Oliver is hauled to the ground but Jack Tucker makes amends and it’s a great header and a great finish from Olly. Hull then gamble a little bit, we heard the shout coming that Peterborough were winning comfortably so they were gambling a little bit, stretching us at times but they were also very wary of us on the counter attack because we could hurt them.

“From two or three set plays we should score, then right at the end of the game Dominic has the chance.”

Gills appear to be hitting form at the right time, and the manager says the squad are looking forward to every game and relishing the challenge in front of them.

He added: “We have steadily built and steadily tried to improve the team in key areas. They are working so hard for each other, so we move to eight games left and we are still fighting tooth and nail to try and haul ourselves into that group [play-offs].

“We are looking forward to every game thinking we can win and it’s interesting that we come away from the KCOM disappointed we haven’t won the game. They had one or two chances in the second half and they will be disappointed with their finishing, but I think the longer the game went it looked as if we would win. We will go away disappointed, and so will Grant [McCann].”

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