Post-match thoughts from Neil Harris as Gills secure 2-0 win at Rochdale.
Gills boss Neil Harris was delighted with his side's professional performance as they came away from the Crown Oil Arena with three vital points against Rochdale following a 2-0 win.
Oli Hawkins gave Gillingham the lead midway through the first half before George Lapslie's tap-in secured the points in a 2-0 victory.
After a strong first-half performance, the hosts put the Gillingham backline under pressure in the second as they went in search of an equalizer. However, the Gills stood firm as Robbie McKenzie and Conor Masterson produced massive tackles to preserve the lead.
An effort from Tom Nichols, on as a sub, was converted home by Lapslie to all but seal the points.
Thoughts on the game...
I thought Rochdale played well today in spells, but the difference was in both boxes. When we had to defend, we did. Cat [Glenn Morris] had to make a fingertip save to push it onto the bar. Other than that, he hasn't made a save.
Aiden O'Brien's first start...
What the fans will have enjoyed seeing of Aiden O'Brien was seeing his quality without the ball, where he's excellent at pressing and with the ball as he didn't give the ball away in 65 minutes. That's what he does. What they didn't see was the forward running. A couple of times he got off the big man and didn't quite have that moment in the end, and that's just half a yard of fitness. That'll come.
People are still only seeing 80% of Aiden O'Brien. They'll be excited to know that there's a lot more to come from him.
The decision behind naming Tom Nichols among the substitutes...
I went with Aiden [O'Brien] today because the distance that Nico has covered in the three games around Hawks [Oli Hawkins] has been immense. I just didn't want to take that risk of pushing him again, so I left Nico out today for leg purposes.
I was delighted when he came on and how well he played as well.
We've got tough fixtures in front of us. We've got back-to-back home games now; it's a good week for us. We've got a behind-closed-door game in midweek for the lads that have been on the fringes to get minutes and a good training week for the other lads.