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Harris | "It's a big seven days"

Gills boss says the week ahead is a big one for the club.

17 November 2022

The next seven days are big, says Gills manager.

Gillingham manager Neil Harris said he was pleased with his side's safe passage to the FA Cup second round, even if it was a little tighter than he would have liked, but says a big seven days now lie ahead.

Gillingham missed an early penalty before Lewis Walker scored the only goal of the game to finally see off a spirited AFC Fylde team.

“We made it tough for ourselves,” admitted Harris. “First-half we were miles better than them and we could have been three or four up. We could have been out of sight in the first-half.

“What you get with an underdog is the freedom to go and express yourself. They threw caution to the wind and we had to be disciplined.

“Ultimately the best team won the tie but full credit to Fylde. They are a full-time unit, they pay well and they have a good set-up. They will go from strength to strength. They want to be in the Football League in a couple of years and I can see that happening.

“The overriding feeling for us is being really pleased and now we have a live TV game [overseas] with Dagenham on Saturday week. That will be a tough game. We will take a big following there and look to get into the third round.

“First we have some huge league fixtures coming up and we are looking forward to them. We have Newport and Crawley, it’s going to be a big seven days. These are fixtures that, on paper, are winnable for us.”

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