Midweek goalscorer hoping squad can build on recent performances against Wigan on Saturday.
Danny Lloyd is calling on Gills fans to turn up the volume at MEMS Priestfield Stadium when high-flying Wigan visit on Saturday. Gills’ no.17 believes that a rocking Rainham End could give the home side, aiming for back-to-back wins, the edge over the Latics, who have been justifying their promotion-favourite tag so far this campaign.
Lloyd, who bagged his 100th career goal in a 2-0 win over Cambridge on Tuesday, sat down with the local press ahead of this weekend’s Sky Bet League One clash in a confident mood.
The attacking-midfielder said: “We will be at home against Wigan and we will have our twelfth man behind us. It’s loud here when the fans get going, they can really get on top of teams. That’s what we need them to do on Saturday.
“Our supporters play a massive role. They were electric against Charlton, absolutely roaring. Playing in front of fans is what you grow up dreaming of doing.”
Lloyds’ midweek winner, which proved a perfect blend of power, poise and accuracy, was certainly worthy of putting him on the 100 mark and he was delighted to share the moment with the vocal travelling Gills supporters.
“I don’t need to be asked twice to shoot,” reflected the 29-year-old. “It was great to reach that landmark but hopefully there are many more to come, I have a few years left in me.
“I wanted to celebrate that 100 career goal in front of supporters. It was brilliant to have the fans behind the goal cheering with us.
“The last seven days, from Charlton to Cambridge, that’s what you play football for. The crowd and the atmosphere was brilliant. I want to keep on going and build on this and keep contributing to the team.
“That is what I have been brought in to do. My baseline is to graft for the for full 90 minutes. We all have that philosophy here, we graft first and hopefully the quality shines through.
“We are gaining momentum but we are not getting ahead of ourselves. We are going into the game believing we can win.
“We are under no illusion that we are playing one of the top teams in the league with a Championship level squad, a team that have recruited well and have some really good players.
“We don’t want to be a team that hovers around in mid-table. We want to put a run together and challenge for the play-offs, we have a squad that is more than capable of doing it. We are looking forward to the weekend. We can’t be happy with drawing a couple and then winning one. We have to aim high.”