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Harris | "It will be a tight game"

Gills boss Neil Harris previews the trip to Grimsby in League 2.

1 September 2023

The Gills manager spoke to the local media ahead of the club's trip to Blundell Park to take on Grimsby in League 2.

Neil Harris says his players will not shy away from rising expectations as they look to build on an impressive start to the season.

The Kent side sit joint top of the Sky Bet League Two standings and fans have been getting used to the passionate outpouring of Harris as he pumps his fists towards the jubilant Gills fans to celebrate victories.

After four consecutive 1-0 wins there has been plenty of reasons to cheer but Gills suffered defeat against Colchester last weekend. Ahead of an away visit to Grimsby, Harris says now is the time to get back to their best.

“It’s been a brilliant start,” said Harris. “You get 12 points from four games and the whole world expects us to win every game with a clean sheet and it doesn’t happen like that in football. The Colchester result just re-emphasised my point.

“Colchester, I have to put that game into isolation because that has so not been us. I have watched it back just to clear my head of it. It was so not us in what we had done in the previous five games and what we did against Luton on Tuesday.

“It is not a performance that I want to see regularly from us but that is League Two for you. We have set our standards and our expectation-bar very high and we have to try and live up to that. We can’t lose games when we are the better team.”

Harris is expecting a tough encounter at Blundell Park and has called on his players to put in a performance that gets back to the standards they had previously set.

“Grimsby is going to be a tight game,” predicted Harris. “We have to be much better than we were against Colchester. We need our clean-sheet mentality and our winning-mentality where the first goal can be vital.

“It is another good football place to play at, the pitch is huge with a good surface. Thanks to our fans in advance who are travelling down for it, spending their hard-earned money, especially in the school holidays. I hope they enjoy it.”

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