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Harris | "It's a point gained"

Gills boss Neil Harris reflects on the 3-3 draw with Swindon at the County Ground.

29 January 2023

Gills boss addresses the media following the 3-3 draw with Swindon at the County Ground.

Neil Harris was left pondering the ifs, buts and maybes of football after the Gills played out a high scoring stalemate at the County Ground in an encounter that swung like a pendulum.
Ultimately the Gills boss admitted that the 3-3 draw was another 'step in the right direction' after seeing his team go goal-crazy in the opening 15 minutes.
It took forty seconds for Swindon to net the first but a rampant Gills, who had scored four in their previous two fixtures, struck back with three rapid-fire strikes.
Swindon, however, showed exactly why they are amongst the play-off contenders by replying twice in the second period to earn themselves a share of the spoils.
"It's a point gained," reflected Harris after the hard-fought match. "I am delighted to get a point on the road again. It's a point that pushes us in the right direction. We are three games unbeaten and have seven points out of nine. That's three goals scored today and seven in three games. We are taking massive steps.
"Sometimes you throw away a two goal lead but I don't think we threw it away, Swindon earned it.

“You fear the worst when you are a goal down against such a dominant side at home and you think ‘how are we going to respond?’ That is a pleasing aspect for me after the game, we bounced straight back up the other end and we scored three quick goals.

“We responded in the right manner, made the correct decisions, and the shape was really good, then flip it the other way, that was my disappointment in the second half, we made some really strange, poor decisions that I don’t want to see from my team again.

"The overriding factor for the 961 who travelled is they are disappointed to have been 3-1 up and then draw 3-3 but I think there will be a realisation as well that we are scoring goals and sucking in teams above us in the division. I'm positive and I have a smile on my face. We are looking forward and not backwards.
"We have done well in the last three games, now we move on to Crawley. There are going to be 9,000 Gillingham fans turning up and they will be excited and my players will feed off it."

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