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Martin Allen accepts crticism from Gillingham fans after poor first half showing against Barnet at Priestfield

By Luke Cawdell

A chorus of boos rang around Priestfield at half-time on Boxing Day as the fans voiced their displeasure at a poor first half performance.

And Gillingham manager Martin Allen (pictured) had no complaints with the fan reaction.

He said: “They pay their money and they are entitled to their opinion. The supporters have given us fantastic support so if you don’t play so well it’s the business we are in. You have to take it on the chin.

“They pay their money and they want to be entertained.

"In the second half every supporter would say ‘that was more like it, that’s what we want to see’ but will have left saying exactly the same as me, ‘first half could do better, got to do better, want to do better’ and when you pay you can say what you like.”

It was another bumper crowd at Priestfield on Boxing Day but a third successive game at home without a win.

Allen appreciated that support. He said: “We had over 7,000 supporters here (against Barnet) and that’s a lot of supporters to have at Christmas time.

“Getting booed and shouted at when your team doesn’t win and when you leave that field of play, that hurts and we have to try to do something about it pretty quick.

“They have given us unbelievable support and they want to see our team win, but more than anything, our supporters want to see our team play with passion, desire, to compete and when you get those things in order they want to see our team pass the ball on the grass and zip it around and move it. That’s what we want to see.”

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