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Gillingham have to improve their discipline says boss Martin Allen after latest red card, at Northampton Town

By Alex Hoad

Martin Allen had no complaints about Charlie Allen’s late dismissal at Northampton and accepts that Gillingham’s discipline must improve.

The Gills have had four players sent-off so far and manager Allen hopes that the younger players seeing red will learn from their actions.

Allen (pictured) said: "We will have to slightly improve the discipline and that goes without saying but it’s the younger players who are getting caught out.

"It is my job to help them and teach them and for them to learn. It’s not our job to castigate them and smash them with stupid fines."

Charlie Allen was sent-off after picking up two yellow cards in five minutes, both for fouls. His sending-off came days after Danny Jackman was given a straight red for a tackle at the weekend and after earlier reds for youngsters Bradley Dack and Tom Flanagan.

Allen said: "Dack, Allen, and Flanagan, they are only young boys and are learning their way through it. With experience, that better decision-making will come.

"It’s the same as the other boys as well, they can learn from it and try and improve on it."

Reflecting on Charlie Allen’s red card, the Gills boss said: "The first tackle he was trying to get the ball and it was probably 60-40 against but such is his desire and hunger to get it, it probably deserved a yellow.

"For the second, he ran about 45 yards to close that ball down. We all know he shouldn’t have made that tackle. You have to say Charlie was wrong to put his foot in like that but you have to hold your hands up to the boy and say ‘great effort and commitment’. He is going to miss a game and he will be devastated but he played well, though."

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