‘Delighted’ Steve Lovell heaps praise on in-form Gillingham

Posted Sunday, January 21, 2018 by PA

‘Delighted’ Steve Lovell heaps praise on in-form Gillingham

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell showered praise on his improving side after they roared to a deserved 3-1 victory at high-flying Scunthorpe.

Gills grabbed a hugely impressive fifth win in seven unbeaten games, and Lovell was delighted his team are now nestling comfortably in the top half of the League One table.

Lovell said: “That was another brilliant away performance from the lads. That was a great three points.

“We’ve learned how to believe in ourselves when we win the ball, and how to use it better.

“Don’t forget, Scunthorpe are right up there and they’ve been up there for most of the season.

“This was always going to be a really tough game for us, but we’ve carried out our gameplan to perfection.

“To a man, the team were excellent. Every player out there was superb and showed 100-per-cent commitment.

“That has been evident a lot just lately, and I’m delighted to see it.

“If we keep up this kind of form, who knows where it can take us.

“I’m just delighted for the players because they’ve worked so hard and turned the fortunes around.”

Gillingham struck first after 25 minutes when Lee Martin smashed home from just inside the box after a neat pass from debutant Callum Reilly.

Scunthorpe levelled seven minutes after the restart when Josh Morris darted down the left before drilling his ninth goal of the season past Tomas Holy.

Gills regained the lead after 68 minutes when Josh Parker headed home a precise Luke O’Neill cross before Tom Eaves latched on to Bradley Garmston’s through-ball to secure maximum points.

Iron boss Graham Alexander was disappointed with the manner in which team faded after equalising just after the break.

After watching the hosts’ six-match unbeaten run ended comprehensively, Alexander said: “This is what happens when you waste too many chances.

“We knew Gillingham were on a terrific run, so we thought we’d prepared well for what was to come.

“But we’ve been punished for missing those opportunities and little mistakes elsewhere have proved very costly.

“We had our moments of course, but they were too few and far between and in the end Gillingham have made the most of their chances.

“We’d been playing some good stuff ourselves in recent weeks, but not enough of that was on show today.

“It’s all about bouncing back positively from this result now.”


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