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Nichols | "We need to bounce back"

Striker wants Gills to bounce back at Grimsby following last weekend's home defeat to Colchester.

31 August 2023

Tom Nichols was on media duty ahead of Saturday's trip to Grimsby.

Tom Nichols says the Gillingham players are working hard to deliver three points as they look to get back to winning ways against Grimsby on Saturday.


The Gills, who have accumulated an impressive 12 points from their opening five games, failed to click in the second half against Colchester last weekend, suffering a disappointing 3-0 loss. The boys dusted themselves down and put in a midweek premier performance against top-division-side Luton.


The Gills pushed the Hatters all the way but eventually exited the Carabao Cup, despite putting in a big performance. Nichols, however, believes the display was proof that the Gills are back to their best ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blundell Park.


Luton in the cup

“There’s plenty of positives we can take from the game. We gave a really good account of ourselves against a Premier League club. A lot of those players are going to be playing in the top division this year and we ran them pretty close in the end.


“It was nice to score in that game and it was my first of the season. I am confident that with the service I get from the wide players that I will get plenty of goals.


“We had Luton on the ropes for the last 15 minutes. We don’t like losing games but there was plenty of positives to take. We have taken a lot of confidence from the game, we ran a Premier League team close, how can you not be confident off the back of that?”



Grimsby away

“We will be looking to bounce back from the previous league loss.  It will be a tough game but we will go there with a game plan and hopefully keep up the away form.


“We have started really well away from home and we are going to look to continue that. We will go there with a lot of confidence.


“We need to bounce back and get right back on the horse. It should be a good game for us.”



Competition for places

“We have a lot of squad depth at the club and there will be times when people have to come in and out of the team.


“You know you have to perform to play, so the new signings have had a positive impact. You can’t take your foot off the gas. You are always looking over your shoulder and trying to keep your place in the side but it is all healthy competition.”



Away following

“The fans have been unbelievable really. For a League Two club to bring that many fans consistently to away games and they consistently out-sing the home fans is brilliant. The boys really do appreciate it.


“That’s probably why our away form is really picking up, because we are all going in same direction and feel the club moving in the right way.”

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