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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers a few questions following the 2-0 defeat to Wycombe at Adams Park.

10 October 2021

The Gills boss delivers his weekly Sunday round-up.

Q: Wycombe away was always going to be difficult. Going 2-0 behind within eight minutes made it more so. How frustrating was it to go behind by two goals so early?
A1: It always needs to be analysed fully post-match as to how you concede goals at whatever time.
Our defending is as poor as it can get. We lose a basic header in the build up then we make it easy for the goalscorer by not defending poorly thereafter.
That is unacceptable and must be improved!
Q: Goals aside, what did you make of the performance?
A2: Our best spell was for a good 25 minutes before half-time.
We miss the penalty, it has to be said that happens, but we also missed a number of good chances to get back in the game.
In the second half we started brightly but we never did enough with the ball in the final third.
Q: We did have opportunities but sadly didn't take them. I guess you don't need to tell your players the importance of seizing chances when they arrive?
A3: We did have opportunities to score and the lads know themselves.
Do we have the quality to take them? I certainly believe we do, but time will be the ultimate judge if I’m right or wrong.
Q: What was the message at full-time, you said you couldn't fault their efforts?
A4: The boys are working so hard and giving everything they have, but that is not enough on its own, especially this season in League 1.
We will be back on the training ground and working as we get ready to host Sunderland next weekend.
Every player will want to feature in that and perhaps some others ( the few we have ) deserve a chance, but let’s see what the week ahead brings.
Q: No midweek game this week. How important is that just to give the players a slight rest and continue to treat those who are injured?
A5: This is certainly not a time to rest.
We need to work hard and smart if we are to win games in League 1 this season.
We know that with the smallest budget in League 1 we will need to find a point of difference and that will be our focus this week.
Do not forget we have some top players at the Gills and we need them now to be at their very best.
Q: Any update on David Tutonda; is he likely to be available next week?
A6: No. It’s another one for the treatment room.
Q: A couple of home games coming up now. How important will it to be to have big crowds for both to motivate the boys?
A7: Our supporters have been awesome and will play a massive part.
They know how tough it is for us but we are all in this together. We need Priestfield to be loud and proud in what are great games to be a part of!
Q: For those looking to attend our cup game on Tuesday, can you confirm this will be a youth team fixture?
A8: Yes. No senior players will be involved.
I am not one to kid our supporters whose hard earned money needs to be spent knowingly.

We need to work as a group on the training ground ahead of then visit of Sunderland next Saturday.

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