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Gaffer | "We played some lovely Football"

Gills boss praises his side for collective application at Cambridge.

29 September 2021

Gaffer pleased for his side following victory, and clean sheet, at The Abbey Stadium.

Gills boss Steve Evans praised his side’s defending following a 2-0 win over Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Goals either side of half-time from Vadaine Oliver and Danny Lloyd secured the Gills’ first away league win of the season in horrific weather conditions.

Oliver opened the scoring in the 26th minute when he latched onto John Akinde’s flick on, leaving the big forward to run onto the loose ball before finishing smartly underneath Cambridge United goalkeeper, Dimitar Mitov.

The win was sealed on the hour mark when Danny Lloyd latched onto Paul Digby’s misplaced pass and drove into the United box before unleashing a thumping strike to beat Mitov at his near post.

Speaking after the game, Steve Evans said: “The performance in spells was very good, particularly in possession and the interplay in the first half. I think we just totally dominated, played some good football and scored a nice goal.

"The worrying thing was that we were only 1-0 up at half-time, but on the break Danny Lloyd does what he can do. That's not a shock to any of us. I thought he worked so hard on Saturday, and did again tonight. He deserved his goal."

As well as a first league away win, Gillingham also had their first clean sheet of the season and Evans was full of praise for his defence: “We had some big performances today, I thought that Rhys Bennett was outstanding, alongside with Max Ehmer.

“We were always going to miss Jack Tucker because he’s a special talent but Bennett slotted in and played really well. Jamie Cumming delivers his first clean sheet and he is more than deserving of that.

“It was nothing more than a hard fought win, we should have had hard fought wins at other places and we’ve been let down by some sloppy defending , but we’ve had some really good defending tonight.”

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