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Clemence | "I am delighted with them all"

Gills boss thrilled with his squad following 2-1 win at Accrington.

15 January 2024

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Clemence | "I am delighted with them all"

Gills boss thrilled with his squad following 2-1 win at Accrington.

15 January 2024

Head Coach reveals his delight as Gills come from behind to win at Accrington.

Gills Head Coach Stephen Clemence was delighted with all of his players following the 2-1 win at Accrington Stanley.

It was a game in which the Gills had to come from behind to win, as Alex Henderson gave Accrington the lead a few minutes after half-time. Conor Masterson headed the Gills level before Macauley Bonne came off the bench to score what proved to be the winner.

It was the club's first win having fallen behind this season, and Clemence was glad that his players broke that duck. 

There were 299 Gillingham supporters at the Wham Stadium, and Clemence was thankful for their efforts.

With the January transfer window well underway, the Gills Head Coach admitted there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes to bring in players that will improve the squad.

 

Feelings on the game...

"I am delighted with the lads. I thought that in the first half, we were marginally the better team. I thought it was a very tight game, and to lose a goal straight after half-time was disappointing. I still believed that the boys could come back into it.

Oli Hawkins does great from the corner, and Conor finishes off the set play at the back stick. Then it is nice that we make some substitutions, and they come on and really help the team. 

That's why you have a squad. We have a strong squad, and the lads that started the game did really well, but the ones that came on made a difference and helped us out at the end. 

I am delighted with them all."

 

Winning the game having fallen behind...

"To get that monkey off their back is great for them all. You are going to go behind in football matches. You aren't going to dominate every game. You are going to have to go away from home or whatever it is, and you may not start the game so well. You are going to have to come back, and that will give them some belief that they can do it now."

 

The travelling support... 

"I met a few on the way in, and they were telling me that they had left really early this morning at around 6am, so it's a great effort from them. We really appreciate their support, and I know the players do too.

There is no better feeling for a player when you come away from home and you go and celebrate with the away supporters at the end of the game. I know that the boys are thrilled that they are here.

Thanks for their efforts."

 

Transfer updates... 

"We will have to see. There are talks going on all the time. The phone has been busy, so we will have to see. I will speak with Kenny [Jackett] and see where we are with things. 

There is plenty of work going on, but they have got to be good players to get into this team. I believe we have got a very good squad here, and we only want players that are of the highest quality that can play at this level and possibly play at the level above as well. That is what we are after."


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