GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017


Reflecting on that first half Lovell added, “It was just the start that we needed. It wasn’t a top performance, by far, we’re disappointed with it but we haven’t lost the game so there’s a plus in that. They stuck men behind the ball, we had a number of opportunities but couldn’t break them down. Teams come here and stop us from playing, they defend in numbers."

Looking at the prospect of the replay at Carlisle on Tuesday week Lovell continued, “They don’t realise that we’re better away from home! I expect Carlisle will come at us at their place and that will make it more of an open game, which will suit us."

The lack of goal scoring from Gills this season is a real worry and Lovell was disappointed that Gills failed to capitalise on the limited chances that were created saying, “We had good opportunities in wide areas to hurt them but our crossing balls into the box was poor today. We hit the front man, and that was frustrating. If you’re an attacker and the ball is not getting to you in the box, it becomes very frustrating."

The ever optimistic Gills boss tried to put a positive view on things and said, “I feel that we are getting better and better, but when we go below what we should be doing, we struggle.”

Most fans understand that Lovell has got to keep his players positive but the dwindling number of supporters that were inside Priestfield for this Cup tie also sadly reflects the drop in league match attendance. Many must now be realising that the players do try hard but unfortunately do not have

that level of quality required to dominate even average opposition. 

“It wasn’t a top performance, by far, we’re disappointed with it “