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Dempsey | "It will be a real contest"

Gills skipper says the team know what to expect from Wycombe on Saturday.

8 October 2021

Kyle Dempsey says the players will need to be at their best for Saturday's League 1 fixture at Adams Park.

Gillingham Captain Kyle Dempsey is anticipating a tough afternoon at Adams Park on Saturday when Gillingham face fifth placed Wycombe Wanderers.

The Chairboys, currently unbeaten at home, will be looking to make it three straight league wins to solidify their place amongst the Sky Bet League One front runners, something Dempsey is determined to stop.

“The teams at the top are starting to get away from us,” admitted the midfielder ahead of the game. “We can't allow them to increase that gap too much.

“You always know what you are going to get from Wycombe, real high intensity and a real physical contest. They like to take the game to you, it is going to be a real contest. My main focus is to get us up this league and get as many points as possible.

“We need to implement our game for a full 90 minutes. If we do that then we will have positive results this year. We are getting players coming back and we are training as a full squad a lot more often. Last year we blew a lot of teams out of the water because of our intensity, we need to do it again. Our ambition is to put a run of wins together. Once you do that, you start climbing up the league.”

Comparisons to Gills midfield legends such as Andy Hessenthaler and Paul Shaw demonstrates the high regard that Dempsey is held in at ME7, something that clearly means a lot to the player.

“Last year, the support I had on social media after every game was fantastic. I want to put in the kind of performances I put in last year, especially now that the fans are back. I have been pleased with my performances so far and have been lucky enough to get a couple of Man of the Matches.

“I’ve been getting the ball more in areas that I want to receive it and am carrying it a lot more and beating players. I think I have been unfortunate a couple of times trying to get on the scoresheet but I know it’s coming, I can feel it. Once I get a couple of goals, my target is to get ten, and if I keep getting into the right areas then they will come.”

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