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Harris | "It will be a tight game"

Gills boss expecting a tough game when they travel to Walsall on Saturday.

18 March 2023

Neil Harris says he is expecting a tough League 2 encounter when his side make the trip to Walsall on Saturday.

Gillingham are one of the most in-form teams in Sky Bet League Two and manager Neil Harris puts it down to this: being effective in both boxes.
If you don't concede then you can't lose and Gills' stingy back line is giving little away, enjoying three defensive shutouts in a row. With the goal net now being rustled on a regular basis by the rejuvenated side, the team, previously stuck at the bottom of the league, are quickly picking up points and moving up places.
"We have got 24 points from 12 games because we have both ends of the pitch right," said Harris. "We are trying to get both ends of the pitch tied up, that's when you are a successful team. 
"I want to play on the front foot and be aggressive but I want to keep the door shut at the other end.
"It's going well at the back. We haven't let bundles of goals in all season, have we? Our defensive record is fantastic for a team that has been in the bottom reaches of the league all season. Over the course of the last few months we look like a goal threat as well.
"You have to build from the back, get the structure of the team right without the ball and then you have to add in the gold dust, the goals and hope it all comes together at the same time. It has pretty much for us over the last 12 games.
"We are in great form individually and collectively, there is just a great spirit about the place. Teams worry about playing us. They look at us and think, 'woah, they are in good form!'
"Our pressure is to keep these standards. We have to keep amassing points.My task to the players is to keep delivering these standards we are setting."
Walsall on the road is next on the fixture list and Harris says his team will need to throw everything at it, as the Saddlers also give little away.
"They don't get beat often," he said. "There are not a lot of goals in their games, I expect a close league Two encounter. They have good players for this level. I think it will be a tight game.
"They are a competitive team, a Michael Flynn team is always going to be competitive. If we dip our standards then we are in for a tough afternoon.
"I'm not worried about the opponent. It's more about us, making sure I get the team selection and formation right and that my players are prepared correctly and diligently.
"We are the form team in the division and we want to win games of football. I want us to be at it." 

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