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Steve Evans has warned his players they will need to be on song from the first whistle on Tuesday to overcome an ever improving MK Dons side.

1 March 2021

Gills boss looking forward to MK Dons test.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans has challenged his players to build on their weekend performance against Portsmouth when they return to Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday evening at MEMS Priestfield Stadium. The Gills will be taking plenty of positives into their fixture with MK Dons, a team who sit one place and one point above them.

A frustrated Evans was disappointed on Saturday when departing Fratton Park with a solitary point, but he was delighted with how his team “bossed” one of the division’s big-hitters and he is now demanding his side show their mettle once again to finally get the result that their efforts deserve.

Evans, speaking after the Portsmouth game, said: “I can’t ever remember coming to Fratton Park and seeing my goalkeeper have nothing to do in the second half; he was a spectator. I was really pleased with the performance. We leave with a point but we deserved all three. We came to a good side and in the second half we were far superior. We need to be positive and move on.

“We will have a look at who is with us on the training ground and who is looking fresh for MK Dons, there were a few knocks from Saturday and Tuesday. 

“MK Dons are one of those teams that are expansive and they play some great stuff, so we need to be at it. Russ (MK manager Russell Martin) has done a terrific job, he is a young man who will do well in this management game. They are full of good players, certainly three or four of them will play in the Championship come next season.

“We know it is going to be tough but we will work on a plan to be ready. If we are a notch down like we were in the first half against Wimbledon then we will pay the price. When we play like we did against Portsmouth, with that desire and application, then we are capable of competing against the best.

“It’s now time to focus on Tuesday and on getting a positive result; we are looking forward to it.”


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