GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: SUNDAY 13 AUGUST 2017


Pennock continued, “I’m disappointed we lost, obviously, but we had enough chances to win five or six games, let alone one. I’m disappointed we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net. It was a poor goal to concede. You’ve got to stop the cross coming in, but we’ll work on that on Monday.”

Reflecting on the missed opportunities Pennock said, “If the keeper saves then that’s fine, that is what he is there to do, but if you don’t hit the target then it’s not good. We will be working on it, it is only the second game of the season and I think we are showing some very good signs.”

On the game Pennock felt that the big decisions didn’t go Gills way, referee John Busby denied them a penalty and he sent striker Conor Wilkinson off with a straight red. Pennock felt both could have gone his side’s way.

Pennock said, “It was a good shout for the penalty but the referee didn’t give it. We are going to appeal the red card that’s for sure. It’s unbelievably difficult being a referee and I spoke to him afterwards.” Finally Pennock commented, “They are good boys and they worked their socks off. Even when we went down to ten men we had some good chances.” 

Meanwhile Bantams boss Stuart McCall is still looking for more from his players despite City making it back-to-back league wins.

Boss McCall was understandably encouraged by the away success but he knows there is room for improvement and more to come from his side saying, "Getting six points from six is obviously great but we know we can do better.We did enough to win the game but we set standards and we look for more.”

McCall continued reflecting on the game, "We are still gelling as a side and still looking for our ideal shape but, having said that, the score-line could have looked more comfortable if we'd taken a couple more of our chances.”

McCall commented, "Better game-management from us once Gillingham went down to ten men could have seen us wrap up the game earlier. We were a bit sloppy on the ball at times and we gave away a few too many free-kicks, especially because that was possibly the only chance for them to score.”

On the disallowed late goal McCall said, "We'd have been kicking ourselves if their late goal for offside had denied us two points.” Finally he said, "We have picked up the win and the clean sheet, which is great, but we know there are going to be much tougher challenges ahead.”