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Harris | "We can't rest on our laurels"

Gills boss previews the trip to Rochdale on Saturday.

17 February 2023

The Gills manager says his squad must focus on winning the next game and not losing any of their current momentum.

Neil Harris says he is not looking further than the next fixture as he continues to build a Gillingham side with a simple mentality: ‘Win the Next Game.’

The ever-improving Gills, now out of the dreaded bottom two, face Rochdale at Spotland Stadium on Saturday and Harris wants to take three points off the team at the foot of the table, a position his own side had sat in for a long period of the season.

“My full focus is on Rochdale at the weekend,” said Harris. “We are going there with the mindset that we want to win games of football.

“My thought process is ‘WNG’ – win the next game. Once we have played Rochdale I will start looking at Wimbledon, then Bradford but right now my mind is fully on Rochdale.

“From Rochdale’s perspective I suppose it is a must-win game. We have to make sure that we are the better team and we do the basics of League Two football right. It will be tough and we will need to be at our best.

“The points show we are a better team now. We are top of the form guide for the last six games. We have showed that we have the ability and mentality to win games of football, whether it is playing really well or being scrappy and fighting for everything.”

“We are out of the relegation zone but there is a long way to go but getting out of the bottom two is another positive from this run that we are on.

“I want to see a Gillingham team that can compete and that is what the supporters want. They want to see aggression, headers, tackles and foot races where their team comes out on top.

“We need to keep that momentum and those standards. We are in a dogfight and there is a lot of football to go and a lot points to play for. We can’t rest on our laurels. We need to win the next game.”

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