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Lapslie | "The home crowd makes a massive difference"

Gills midfielder says the impact the fans have at Priestfield makes a huge difference to the team.

24 February 2023

George Lapslie speaks to the media as Gills prepare to welcome AFC Wimbledon to Priestfield.

George Lapslie has an incredible winning record at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, and he’s only been here five minutes.

Unfortunately for Gillingham, his impressive streak extends to when he was a visiting player lining up against the Kent side but luckily the run has continued since he has pulled on a blue shirt.

It’s not usually considered etiquette to speak about your past wins against your current club, but for Lapslie we might just make an exception, especially if the three points keep coming.

“It’s a crazy game,” reflected the midfielder, ahead of Wimbledon’s visit on Saturday. “Maybe Priestfield is just a good stadium for me, I’ve won every time I have played here!

“I won here twice with Charlton, once with Mansfield and twice with Crawley. Now, I have had two wins out of two as a Gills player.”

Lapslie, however, says it is a lot better when the Rainham End are roaring for you, rather than against you, and he believes they will again play their part against the Dons this weekend.

“The home crowd make a massive difference,” he said. “When the fans are behind you they are driving you on. Two good results here, on Saturday and then on Tuesday, and we will be flying.

“I’m not surprised with how it’s going, especially with the way we train. The staff fully prepare us for games, so the results we are getting does not surprise me. With the level of player here and the level of training, the sky is the limit.”

Lapslie had scored seven goals for Mansfield this term before joining the Gills and he has netted twice for the Kent side in just two starts, a pretty decent return for a midfielder.

“I’m not someone who overly cares about scoring goals,” admitted Lapslie. “I would much rather the team win. I’m pleased to get two goals but if I don’t score Saturday and win, I will be just as pleased.

“We need to take every game as it come and focus on winning. There is no game between now and the end of the season where we should go into it thinking we can’t win. All that matters is staying up and that is the bottom line.”

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