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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans reflects on the defeat to MK Dons.

19 September 2021

The Gills boss delivers his usual Sunday Q & A.

Q: Having slept on it, how do you reflect on Saturday's game? Frustration, disappointment, sympathy for your players?
A: The players, with one exception, were excellent from start to finish.
There is no doubt the sending off is the game changer. We had got ourselves in front and it was a good contest in which we looked very dangerous every time we went forward, but as an individual you cannot be as unprofessional as it has a damaging impact.
We move on!
Q: Was 1-4 harsh on us, particularly considering the defensive resilience we showed at 1-2?
A: The score was very harsh. Vadaine Oliver should equalise and we were not given a clear penalty when Max Ehmer’s volley was kept out by arms in a very unnatural position.
Q: We took the lead of course, and it was a well created goal. A fantastic ball from Alex and a fine finish from Vadaine?
A: Vadaine is in great form and it was a fine header from a superb Macca cross.
We looked a real threat early in the game, Kyle Dempsey should score inside a minute and it was a game in which the skipper was outstanding.
Q: The sending off changes the game without a doubt. Having seen the incident back, was a second yellow warranted in your view?
A: It should not have been about the second yellow as his first one was self inflicted and needless.
There is no doubt the second yellow is not a card offence anywhere else on the pitch but Stuart should know a lot better.
Q: Credit to the players as they dug in at 1-2 and had chances to draw level. What was the message at full-time?
A: The words we used were encouraging as the lads gave it everything.
For 20 minutes in the second half we had them on the rack so it was about praise but the harm it does when we have individual bad discipline. 
Q: Charlton visit us on Tuesday. Another tough game; how important will it be to have as many fans as possible there to back the team?
A: The fans were brilliant yesterday.
They saw 10 players give everything possible and I can only applaud them.
Q: The fans did everything they could on Saturday to urge the boys on. It was exactly the togetherness type atmosphere you asked for?
A: You all have to be together to win. Division leads to defeat and that is not an option.
The fans I am sure will make sure Tuesday a great atmosphere under the lights at Priestfield.
Q: You said it was unlikely that Carayol, Akinde, Phillips or Jackson would be fit to play. Could any of them play a part from the bench?
A: No.
We are again depleted but let us focus on the players we have available.

Those lads not available for selection cannot help us one bit so forget them.

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