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Harris | "It was a really pleasing night"

Gills boss delighted to get back to winning ways in the EFL Trophy.

6 September 2023

Neil Harris spoke to the media following the 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the EFL Trophy.

Gillingham manager Neil Harris said he was delighted to get back to winning ways after his team came from behind to defeat Leyton Orient in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.

Harris praised his men’s fighting spirit after a strong second-half showing turned the pulsating game on its ahead. Gillingham eventually beat the O’s 2-1 at Priestfield, with the visitors finishing the tie with nine men after receiving two red cards. Harris is now hoping the result will kickstart his team after a difficult run of results.

“It was important to get back to winning ways,” admitted Harris after the encounter. “We took the competition seriously. I picked a really strong side as I wanted players to gain confidence as well as minutes. It was a really good performance and a really pleasing night.

“We played against a really good side that walked our league last season. At times we were really good, first half we could have been in front had we played slightly better, twice in the first 15 minutes we had an overload and we didn’t quite get the end product.

“The important thing was that we got through unscathed, we got back to winning ways and we integrated some of the B team lads into the first team, so it was a really important evening for us. It puts us in a good position going into Saturday’s game with Harrogate, and I expect them to be at it from the first whistle.”

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