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Reeves | "This is a big game for us"

Returning midfielder hoping an FA Cup win can be the catalyst for improved league results.

15 November 2022

Ben Reeves hoping Gills can repay the backing of the supporters by booking a place in the second round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

Midfield-schemer Ben Reeves returned to action for the Gills in their 2-0 loss to Northampton. With nine minutes remaining the attack-minded player, twice capped for Northern Ireland, entered the fray, putting behind him his tough injury setback.

Reeves spoke to the media after the match, making clear his ambitions to help fire Gillingham away from danger in the league as well as putting his side in the hat for the FA Cup second round.


Northampton loss


"The main feeling is disappointment, especially after the good result against Brentford on Tuesday. I felt like it was a great opportunity to capitalize on that and we have not taken that chance.


"There wasn’t much in the game first half. We had a lot of the ball in their half. We need to make more use of that. We need to change that and the sooner the better."


Returning from injury


"I was gutted because I was playing every game and then in training in the last kick of a session I got an injury. I tore my quad and I was gutted. I don’t think I spoke three words for the next three days, I was enjoying playing again and definitely playing for this manager.


"I feel like we have a good relationship, the only disappointing thing was the lack of goals. I like to score goals from midfield and he was pushing me to do that, we were having regular conversations of how I could get into those areas, we were getting close, so to get that injury was gutting.


"I'm back now and I’m hoping to help out at the top end of the pitch with some goals and assists. I want to have the biggest impact I can as soon as I can."


Fylde replay


"This is a big game for us. We had a good result in one cup so we want to perform well in the FA Cup too. It’s not just the cup games though, we want to get into a winning habit here for the crowd. Hopefully we can start that on Tuesday.


"There was disappointment after the first leg. We will be putting in a good performance on Tuesday; we need a win. Hopefully that can be a catalyst for the season.


"They fans have backed us and we want to repay that backing. It is only a matter of time and hopefully we can do that soon."

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