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Raynor | "I thought we were absolutely magnificent"

Gills assistant boss heaps praise on team following victory over Ipswich.

6 March 2021

Match reaction from Paul Raynor.

Paul Raynor was left delighted following Gillingham's 3-1 win over Ipswich.

Jack Tucker's first league goal was ruled out by a Luke Chambers header before Vadaine Oliver's brace secured all three points for Gills.

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6 March 2021

The game was Paul Cook's first in charge, and Raynor knew that a reaction would come in the second half. He was delighted with how the players dealt with those pressures.

He said: "We knew Cooky [Paul Cook] would bring a reaction, so we talked about it to the boys. They’d be looking to impress, and we needed to stamp our authority on the game early doors.

"I thought Ipswich started very well, and then we got the breakthrough. After that, I thought we were absolutely magnificent.”

It was a day of impressive goals for Gills, but the defensive display was what stood out to Raynor.

The Gills assistant manager said: "I also want to talk about the defensive side of things. How hard we worked defensively, how hard winning the first contact and dropping on second balls to get us up the pitch. That was crucial today.

"We didn’t allow Ipswich to impose their game on us. If they can impose their game on anybody in League One, they’re a real handful."

Jack Tucker scored his first professional league goal and also made a handful of impressive blocks to deny Ipswich from scoring.

Raynor was impressed by the academy graduate's performance and pleased about the goal.

Raynor said: "I’m delighted for Jack Tucker, and he should have gotten a goal before now, but what a great finish. His defensive play today, he and Robbie Cundy were very solid up against [James] Norwood."

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