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Dieng | "Stockport will be a battle"

Gills midfielder speaks to the media following the 0-0 draw with Harrogate.

6 March 2023

January recruit says there is still work to be done as Gills look to seal survival in League 2.

Timothee Dieng says that Gillingham’s fast-improving squad is bursting with quality and on their day they can beat anyone in Sky Bet League Two.

Following a gritty 0-0 away draw with Harrogate, the Gills are again on the road this Tuesday as they face promotion-hopefuls Stockport County. Stockport have been flying of late but Djeng has warned The Hatters that the Gills are coming with their sights set on maximum points.

“Stockport will be a battle,” admitted Djeng. “Like every League 2 game it is going to be tough, but we have more than enough quality in our changing room to beat them.

“We go there for the win and to come back with the three points.”

Since Dieng joined the Gills, the new-look team have fought their way off the bottom of the table and now sit eight points and three places above the dreaded dotted line but the Frenchman says the job is far from over.

“Until it is mathematically done we can’t feel safe,” warned the midfielder. “There are a lot of games coming and we have to stay focused and keep working to get safe.

“There is a big buzz about the place and the owners convinced me to come. It’s a big project and I want to be part of it.

“The owners and the board talked to me about the project and about all the other players they were signing. I felt very confident that we would have enough to stay in the league and next season to push for promotion. Nobody wants to play in a relegation battle, we want to push for promotion.

“Last season I was promoted with Exeter and it was the best feeling ever as a footballer, I want to live that again with Gillingham.”

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