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Jefferies | "We need to keep performing"

Gills midfielder says the team needs to keep performing ahead of two upcoming away games against Sutton and Crawley.

14 August 2023

DJ reflects on the win over Accrington and previews the two upcoming away games against Sutton and Crawley.

Dom Jefferies was awarded the sponsors’ Man-of-the-Match during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley at the Priestfield Stadium, but the midfielder says the team must keep performing to maintain their positive start.

Ashley Nadesan scored the only goal of the game, and Jefferies was full of praise for the summer signing off the back of three wins in the space of a week.

The Welshman was quick to change the focus to Tuesday’s game at Sutton, where the Gills will be presented with another difficult test. Despite winning their opening two league games, Jefferies knows that there is plenty of work to be done. Not just on the pitch but at the training ground, as the squad continues to build on their start to the season.


The mindset…

It is great, obviously. We won last Saturday, on Tuesday, and we won today [Saturday]. We are taking it game by game. We have not done anything yet. We just need to go to Sutton and get a result. Do the game plan. Everyone is happy. Everyone is buzzing around the place.

We are only two games into the league season. We need to keep performing and taking our chances. There are still things that we can work on and things that we are getting better at. Making our weaknesses stronger and our positives even better. We are going to keep working hard on the training pitch and performing on Saturdays.


Atmosphere around the club…

The place is buzzing. Everyone is excited to be here. The training ground is buzzing, and this place [Priestfield] is buzzing. The fans are here every week, pushing us on. It is brilliant. When six, seven and 8000 people are turning up and pushing you on every week, you cannot complain. It gives you that extra edge in a game, especially attacking the Rainham End.


On Ashley Nadesan…

His pace is unbelievable. He’s the quickest guy I have ever seen. He gives us an outlet on the ball to run in the channels, and he can play to feet and in behind. He’s so deadly. If you have seen his two goals, it’s just running off the players' shoulders and tapping it in. He will bring goals to the team, and he will bring pace. He has been brilliant since he came in.


Looking ahead to Sutton on Tuesday…

It’s tough getting back into it as it’s three games playing Saturday-Tuesday. We have got another game on Tuesday against Sutton away, which will be tough, but all of our focus will be on that as we take it game by game.

They will be a physical side. They like to get the ball up the field as quickly as possible, so we need to be strong and win our headers. Get everyone around the ball and second balls. We know what we are doing.

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