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Gillingham chairman Paul Scally expects tough new year as teams line up to topple the League 2 leaders

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has acknowledged that life can be tough at the top.

The club have been in pole position all season but teams are putting in that extra bit of effort to try and beat the league leaders.

The Boxing Day defeat at home to Barnet is the most recent example, with the visitors looking a shadow of a side struggling at the foot of the table.

Mr Scally, pictured, said: "It is going to be a tough second half (of the season) because obviously when you are at the top everyone wants to beat you and they raise their game.

"But I think if anyone had offered us that (being top) at the start of the season we would have been happy to take it.

"The Barnet defeat was disappointing for everyone and it is always a down when you are beaten. We have to move on and what is good about this team is that they are very positive, the players are very honest and we are very focused on the next game."

Mr Scally is able to watch live Gillingham home games in Dubai, from a feed at the ground, so he can see just what is happening. And he is delighted with the impact Martin Allen has made at the club.

He said: "We did take time to get the right man but I knew Martin. I have been very impressed with the way he and his management team have come in and got themselves organised."

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