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Phillips | "We need to pick ourselves up"

On-loan midfielder says the whole squad is fighting for survival.

28 January 2022

Midfielder says the two upcoming home games are huge as Gills look to edge closer to League 1 safety.

On-loan Watford workhorse Daniel Phillips is confident that victory is just around the corner as Gillingham approach two home games in the space of four days.

The Trinidad and Tobago international, who admits that he ‘cannot stand losing’, feels that Tuesday’s positive performance against Shrewsbury can be the catalyst for some more points in the bag for an improving Gillingham side who moved off bottom place.

Phillips, who provided both steel and creativity in the midfield engine room in that midweek 0-0 draw, sat down with the local media to discuss two pivotal upcoming games with Oxford and Crewe.

The midfielder said: “On Tuesday, it should probably have been that win that we needed. I feel like it was a much better performance. It was a performance to be proud of but we were lacking that cutting edge in the final third. More of the same on Saturday and I can’t see any reason we can’t get those three points.

“Oxford will be tough and we need to get about them as much as we can. We need to break up their style of play and not let them get the ball down, similar to what we did against MK Dons where we just frustrated them.

“The focus should be on us getting the ball down and playing. My role will be getting the ball and driving at them.

“We played Crewe away in December, so we know what to expect. We came away from that game feeling disappointed and a bit diminished. We have a lot better team going into the two games coming up then we did at that time.”

Phillips says the main driving factor for picking up points is to repay the loyal Gillingham supporters who have been going above and beyond to roar on the team.

“The fans are going to be massive,” he said. “We need more of the same like Tuesday. They were excellent. We have two big home games coming up so they will definitely be the 12th man out there.

“If you were in the changing room you would see that no one is down or dejected. Everyone knows that there is still 19 games to play.

“We are very confident that it is going to come together very soon. In football you need to be able to pick yourself up and get yourself going. I think every game is a chance to win. On Saturday we will face Oxford looking for three points.

“I feel very connected to the Club and the fans because they have welcomed me from day one. We owe it to them to get out of this position. We are fighting to survive.”

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