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Tucker | "We created good chances"

Gills centre-back disappointed not to take all three points from Burton, but says performance was encouraging.

14 September 2021

Young centre-back hoping Burton performance will spark a fine run of results.

Jack Tucker said the performance against Burton gave everyone a reason to be positive, but confessed there was an element of disappointment not to have won at the Pirelli.

Vadaine Oliver had put Gillingham in front in the first half, but Kane Hemmings equalised shortly after the interval.

It was a solid point for the Gills against a side that has started the season well. Tucker realises that, but knows that they should have perhaps come away with more.

“We’re disappointed to not be coming away with the three points. We felt that the performance warranted them. We created a lot of chances going forward, and it’s always important that if you’re not going to win, don’t lose the game. They had a few chances towards the end, but that’s always going to happen when you’re pushing for the winner.

“It’s a tough place to come, and Jimmy sets his side up well as we can see with how they started the season. A point is not a bad one to build on.”

It was a game in which Gills created opportunities throughout the 90 minutes and were unlucky not to score two or three goals. Despite the missed opportunities, Tucker was delighted with how the team performed as a whole.

“It was probably our best performance this season. We’ve played well in spells throughout the season, but I thought we complemented each other well in defending and going forward today. We created good chances, and on another day, they go in. Obviously, today it wasn’t to be.”

Summer signing Mustapha Carayol continued to impress in the draw. He had several chances and was unlucky not to find the back of the net on a few occasions.

Tucker knows the qualities that Carayol possesses and is glad that he is with Gillingham.

“I wouldn’t fancy playing against Muzza! He caused their right-back all sorts of issues today. It’s a shame that we couldn’t find a goal from all of his brilliance down the left-hand side, but we’ve seen it in training, and we know he has those qualities. I’m sure we will see it a lot more this season.”

Chelsea loanee Jamie Cumming had another big game between the sticks and impressed for the Gills. He did well to deny Hemmings in the first half and made a huge stop to deny Daniel Jebbison at the end of the game.

Tucker was full of praise for the goalkeeper that made such a crucial save, admitting that he is a player that the squad has plenty of faith in.

“He did very well there. Obviously, that was very dangerous for us at such a late point in the game. It would have been gut-wrenching had it gone in, but we can trust Jamie to make saves like that because he’s a very good goalkeeper.”


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