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Gillingham boss Martin Allen was delighted to see his side bounce back with a win at Bradford City

09 February 2013
by Luke Cawdell

Martin Allen was delighted to have ended a difficult week on a high.

The Gills lost at home to Wycombe on Monday but bounced back by winning away at Bradford on Saturday.

Boss Allen (pictured) said: “Everyone in the team was absolutely fantastic. There were some outstanding individual performances, as a collective unit and as a group of men.

“It was a great end to what had not been a great week. That game on Monday night hit us all hard. Bradford are in the League Cup final, they beat Aston Villa, Arsenal and Wigan and we’ve gone there and won 1-0, so that’s pretty good going.

“In the first half they had one shot. We had come away from home, against a side going to Wembley in two weeks’ time, so this lot have got dangerous players.

“They have put themselves up against some Premier League players, so let’s not kid ourselves. Everyone had to be right on their game.”

The Gills were without leading scorer Danny Kedwell – out with a hamstring injury – and Allen made three changes to the side that lost to Wycombe – all in midfield.

“We did change our way of playing and tactically we got it spot on,” said Allen.

“We knew in the second half the game would open up, space would come and there would be chances for us.

"I think they only had one header in the second half and it went just past the post but apart from that they didn’t get anywhere near our goal, which is testament to what we do on the training field.

“We lost the other night and after watching the DVD we didn’t play that bad and there were parts of the second half we played quite well, believe it or not.

“We made changes and brought on fresh legs. We had fast runners and they are good athletes. Allen can run, Robinson can run and so can Whelpdale. They did a hell of a lot of running.

“Andy Frampton can play infront of the back four and our two centre forwards had to drop deep inbetween the midfield and their defenders. We picked players who could run and had good athletes in our team.

"Perhaps the other night we actually missed that because most good teams have people who can run, they can break through defenders and go past people and the lads did a great job, all of them.”

Picture: Barry Goodwin

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