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O'Keefe | "The boys are stepping up to the challenge"

Gills midfielder says the squad have turned up the wick in recent weeks as the team look to mount a late surge for the play-offs.

19 March 2021

Something can still be achieved this season, says experienced midfielder.

Stuart O’Keefe has praised Gillingham’s recent “cutting edge” and has asked for more of the same when they face Doncaster in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

The Gills have hit six goals in their last two games, both victories, and the midfielder said that whilst the players are aware they are potentially on the verge of something special, they still maintain a one-game-at-a-time mentality.

O’Keefe, speaking with local media via Zoom, said: “The games are coming thick and fast at the moment, but fair play to the boys, they are stepping up to the challenge. We are really having a go.

“The league table looks better than it did four weeks ago, that is pleasing in itself. In regards to the play-off push, we have just said we will take each game as it comes. We have a lot of tough games to go. We will have a tough game on Saturday, but we will put in a hard-performance. If we can get three points, that’s great.

“We haven’t got the biggest of squads, so we are a real tight-knit group. We work hard for each other every day and in every game. This is what football is all about. You want to play football, to play at Wembley, in front of the cameras and get promotion. Ten games is a lot of points to play for and it’s against a lot of tough oppositions.

“We are keeping our feet firmly on the ground but in the back of our minds we know if we do it right and have a good go, there is something that can be achieved at the end of it. It is going to take a real effort, but it is something we believe we can achieve as a group.”

The former Cardiff and Crystal Palace player admits that Donny gave the Gills a harsh footballing lesson last time they met, winning 2-1 back in December last year. This time, O’Keefe says, they will need to find a big performance, or they can expect more of the same.

He said: “Doncaster are a great team, we saw that when we went to the Keepmoat, they were way too good for us on the day. We expect a tough game and we will need to be at our best. There is no taking your foot of the gas, or we will get beat.

“They are right up there (in the play-offs). We feel we have to beat them, if we want to take their place.”

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