GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2017


Pennock reflected on the match saying, “Again, it’s an early goal, we responded well and could have scored again to go 2-1 up but to concede the second is just not good enough.”

Gills under-fire boss, now with the very real prospect of relegation continued, “I’m very disappointed and we had a few words in the changing room afterwards. It’s unbelievably disappointing with the performance.”

With Rochdale fast out of the blocks and putting Gills under enormous pressure Pennock switched formation to a 4-4-2 in an effort to stem the Rochdale attacking tide. The Gills head coach commented, “People weren’t doing their jobs. You ask people to do what they have been doing in training but if they don’t to their jobs in the first five minutes you get ripped to pieces.”

Finally Pennock said, "You have to change, or we would be letting in three, four, five, six or seven goals. We had to do it.” With this defeat, Gills dropped to 18th, just four points off the bottom four in a tightly packed relegation battle. Pennock also commented that he had “no arguments at all,” over the two yellow cards issued to Zesh Rehman resulting in his sending off on the hour.

Meanwhile a delighted Dale manager Keith Hill dedicated the victory over Gills to Rochdale’s Joe Thompson, who is battling cancer for the second time.

Hill, who also lost his father this year through cancer said, "That win was for Joe Thompson. You have to put your emotions aside when you are working because modern day society dictates that all that really matters is that we won the game."

The Rochdale boss continued, "We haven't had the results recently and it is a results business. It had affected our confidence and for Gillingham to get their equalizer, on what was our first wobble, sums up where we've been lately."