Gillingham boss Steve Lovell hails in-form Tom Eaves after Fleetwood win

Posted Sunday, November 04, 2018 by PA

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell hails in-form Tom Eaves after Fleetwood win

Steve Lovell hailed the all-round qualities of in-form Tom Eaves after his striker scored a brace to downed Fleetwood 3-0 at Priestfield.

Eaves also scored a double last time out when the slumping Gills turned their season around with a 4-0 thumping of Bradford.

And now with back-to-back home wins – and no goals conceded – Lovell and the Gills are feeling much more confident.

And that is in no small part down to Eaves who has hit double figures already this season.

“Apart from his goalscoring he (Eaves) brings so much to our team,” Lovell said.

“His hold up play, his battling qualities – he’s a great person to have in your team and the boys love him to death because of everything he does.

“He’s an intelligent young man who loves the game of football and loves this football club. We understand each other and that’s a big thing.”

Brandon Hanlan scored the opener to down Joey Barton’s men – much to Lovell’s delight.

“The boys started brightly, got straight in their faces and got two really good goals.

“The third goal killed it off as they were always going to come out and have a go and for 10 minutes. We had to defend very well.

“It was an excellent performance and I’m just pleased with our work-rate all through the game. The main thing was backing up last week’s win.

“Three goals and none against so it is very pleasing.”

Fleetwood fell to their third straight away defeat and Barton admitted the Cod Army paid for their memorable win over in-form Blackpool last time out.

“It was a little bit after the Lord Mayor’s show in the first 45 minutes, I think too many players from our side were guilty of believing some of the hype and press about themselves, certainly if that was case, they were bought down to earth with a bump,” said the former England international.

“You do have days like that but hopefully we don’t have too many of them because it’s difficult. I challenged the lads to have a go and win the game at half-time.

“We felt that if we got the first goal in the second half there was vulnerability about Gillingham.

“The lads gave everything in the second half, they pushed really hard, but we just didn’t get that bit of fortune. And then from their first attack in to our half they got the goal.

“If you look at the Bradford game here and our game – they could have easily conceded seven or eight and nobody would have had a complaint – maybe we need to find what they’ve done, have they got a witch doctor in or something to bless one of the goals or something.

“They’ve got one of the best goalscorers in the division and we know what a handful he can be.”


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