Stephen Clemence said he was proud of his side's performance following Saturday's 3-1 win over Salford.
"The result was a bonus but the performance was what really impressed me," reflected Stephen Clemence after his side defeated a strong Salford City team on Saturday in a high-scoring game that had the Priestfield cauldron bubbling.
The Gills Head Coach said prior to the game that he would have the team playing on the front foot and in this, his first home league fixture, the team recorded three goals. The three-goal haul is the first time the team have achieved this feat at ME7 in over two and a half years, so not a bad start!
After the crowd roared off the team and management, Clemence addressed the local media.
"We got exactly what we deserved," said the manager, celebrating all three points. "I am proud of the performance. I think for the first 15 minutes we struggled to get the ball off them. They are a possession-based team and I said to the boys after the game that sometimes you do have to suffer a bit. They didn't really hurt us but you could hear the crowd was frustrated that we couldn't win the ball back.
"Our shape was good and by putting the work in we got our just-rewards in the end. Barring the first fifteen minutes I thought we played really well and I am very proud of that performance. We worked on some good play in the week and I could really see that coming out.
"Well done to the players, they have taken on everything that me and Robbie (Stockdale) have tried to give them in the last couple of weeks. I could see the patterns of play that we worked on and fortunately they worked and we got ourselves three goals, so well done to the boys.
"We played really well against a good Salford side who have been in good form recently, so it is a good win but hopefully this is just the start of things, we need to go and get some more now.
"This could be a real shot of confidence in the arm and we can spring forward from this. If you win games you move up the table. We will keep taking it one game at a time and see where that takes us."