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Harris | "We are a real threat"

Gills boss reflects on midweek win over Grimsby.

16 February 2023

Manager reacts following 2-1 win over Grimsby at Priestfield.

All you need is love, but three points for the Gills is pretty nice, too.

Neil Harris had asked supporters to bring their partners along to MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Valentines' Day to cheer on Gillingham against Grimsby. For the couples who did watch the encounter on February 14th, they got to experience hope, heartbreak and finally a huge showing of emotion as the Gills eventually overcame a stubborn opponent.

The Gillingham manager, speaking after the  2-1 triumph, admitted his team found it difficult to get going but after a rousing second-half performance, the better side won.

"I asked the boys at half time to be a bit braver," revealed Harris, reflecting on a goalless opening 45 minutes. "I got the ice bucket out, sat on it and just tried to find the right words of encouragement. The players took the message on board and I can't praise them enough.

"We deserved to win on that second-half showing. To be in front and then concede and bounce back and finish as strong as we did, it shows their character.

"I just feel that in any game that is tight, we are capable of scoring at any moment and we can score in all types of ways: counter-attacks, set-plays, a really good goal. We are a real threat. We are a team that scares the opponent.

"Individually the players are playing well and collectively we are a good team. If we keep playing the way we have done then we will keep moving up the league.

"We are out of the bottom two now and we have games in hand on teams around us. We are in a strong and healthy position and it gives supporters hope and belief."

The Gills boss, who was nominated for January's Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month Award, insisted that the beautiful game doesn't always need to be pretty on the eye, and at this moment in time it is the points that matter.

"I have to accept that by hook or by crook, we have to get over the line in games," he said.

"We have to find a way to win games and if that means doing what we did tonight, winning ugly, if we have to do that five or six more times, then so be it.

"I feel like we have got good players and a good group. It's not just about having nice lads, it's about having lads that want to win and go that extra yard to win and I've got that in my group.

"We are in a good place. There are still a lot of points to play for and we need to keep showing this fighting spirit."

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