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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers a few questions following Saturday's draw with Accrington.

31 October 2021

The Gills boss delivers his usual Sunday round-up.

Q: Yesterday proved to be another frustrating afternoon where we appeared to do everything but score?

A1: The performance from the lads was outstanding.

We dominated a good Accrington team and all bar a 10-minute spell in the second period we camped around their penalty area.

It was again frustrating to miss so many clear chances and a repeat of last week away at Bolton, but we will continue to work hard on the training ground.


Q: Performance wise, could you have asked for more?

A2: No, all except the end product.

It was interesting after the match as I shared a beer with John Coleman. He thought we clearly deserved to win and, like me, thought our lads were excellent.


Q: Stuart O'Keefe went off with a slight injury; do you have any further news on that?

A3: We will know more later in the week but these hamstrings are never good news.

Our treatment room is full and a real cause of concern but we need to keep our focus on the players we have available.


Q: No game in midweek; that must be helpful to have both time on the training ground and opportunity for the medical team to have time applying treatment to the injured guys?

A4: Yes, absolutely.

We need every midweek to be game free given we are now down to 14 senior players and that includes two goalkeepers.


Q: It's Cheltenham in the FA Cup next Saturday. Will you make changes for that game to give others an opportunity?

A5: We obviously have to protect our League 1 campaign so I will do what I need to do.


Q: You've got good memories when it comes to the FA Cup. Does it still hold the same value to you as it did when you first began to manage?

A6: Yes of course.

The FA Cup competition is the best cup tournament in the world.

However it comes around at a difficult time for us, there is the issue.

We want to win every game. Our supporters want to win and a special mention to them yesterday, they were again outstanding. Thank you to all of them.

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