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Tutonda | "We need to keep climbing"

Gills defender says there is a real togetherness in the squad and the team are eager to extend their unbeaten run when they travel to Mansfield this weekend.

9 February 2023

Left-back delighted at the change of fortunes at the club since the turn of the calendar year, and he wants it to continue.

There is something stirring at ME7. Another week and another positive press conference; this time David Tutonda faced the local journalists who were eager to find out about life in the Galinson-era Gillingham.
An in-form Gills have been suffocating their prey recently with a balance of defensive steel and efficient attacking prowess and Tutonda says it is due to a big psychological shift in the team since the new American owners entered the building.
The Kent side have accumulated ten precious points from their last four matches, scoring eight goals. The hard-working defender, who is determined to keep the current unbeaten streak alive when they face Mansfield on Saturday, says this is only the beginning.
"There is a real buzz about the place and a real togetherness," he revealed. "We have had a big change behind the scenes with the owners and that has brought a feel-good factor and energy and it has transferred onto the pitch. It's a nice place to be around.
"You pick up habits when you lose and you pick up habits when you win. At this moment we have a winning mentality. Everyone just wants to keep the run going.
"The recent form has been brilliant and we have really upped the ante. We have just been more clinical. We've now got confidence in the attacking areas and that is evident. We need to keep climbing.
"The new lads have been absolutely brilliant, they have added extra competition in all areas. They have been unbelievable and have added energy and experience. We needed some help and the new lads have provided that, big time."
Despite the impressive form and good vibes at the club, the Congolese footballer is not taking anything for granted and says the Gills will need to be at their absolute best this weekend if they are to take anything from the promotion-chasing Stags at the One Call Stadium.
"They are a good side and they are competitive," he said. "We respect them and they will respect us. We have our game plan and as long as we do what we do best then we will be able to get a result.
"It's a long journey for our travelling fans but they will be important. We thank them because we need them to keep this run going. Our fans are great; they are our twelfth man. They will help us massively."

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