GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: SUNDAY 11 MARCH 2018


Lovell also praised the impact of striker Tom Eaves and his second half substitute, fellow front man, Conor Wilkinson, who replaced top scorer Tom plus his captain Lee Martin.

Conor Wilkinson scored within three minutes of coming on and Lovell commented, “We had a game plan and in the first half Tom Eaves battled really hard with their centre-halves and beat them up. Tom gives us energy and he puts so much effort in and he had a big say in the win.”

Lovell continued, “Eaves did what he had to do, Conor Wilkinson came on and he was the difference for us. I thought we played some really good stuff.”

Two goal Gills captain Lee Martin came in for praise as Lovell commented, “Martin is a tremendous professional; he’s a leader and he inspires the team. He drives us on and there’s no substitute for experience.”

Reflecting on the game Lovell continued, “Goals change games; the boys have worked hard, they’ve put in a shift today and they can play Football. They pass it well and they’re capable of beating anyone in this League.”

The win put Gills over their opponents level on points but with a superior goal difference and Lovell said, “It’s a great three points and a really good performance. The Gills boss also mentioned the fantastic travelling Gills fans who cheered their heroes all afternoon saying, “It was great support again today; fantastic support.”

Meanwhile a disappointed Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett watched another defeat and is still waiting for the first home win of 2018. A statistic acknowledged by home fan boos at the final whistle.

Jackett said, “Gillingham were always going to come back at us and we didn’t sustain that period of pressure without conceding, which is something we have done for a little while.”

Jackett commented on their first half performance saying, “I felt it we were positive in the first half, we deserved the lead, had a lot of the play and one or two key chances to go further ahead.”

The Pompey boss continued, “We have lacked probably at times experience, leadership, talking and some direction at the back.”

Reflecting on Gills three second half goals Jackett said, “Although, when you are looking at their strikes, they are excellent and outside the box.” The Pompey boss added, “From our point of view, there were too many goals against for too long and that’s the frustration. We always had to realise Gillingham were going to have a spell, everybody does, and you have to be good enough during that spell to sustain your lead.”

Finally Jackett lamented, “You have to battle it out and make sure they don’t get the goals to get back into the game.”