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Gills manager Peter Taylor impressed by striker Adam Birchall's attitude

10 March 2014
by Craig Tucker

Forgotten man Adam Birchall may have a role to play in Gillingham’s survival bid after forcing his way into Peter Taylor’s plans.

Birchall was named in the squad for the first time since the final day of last season when Gills played Crawley at the weekend.

He was given a warm welcome by the home fans as he took his seat on the bench and again when he replaced Cody McDonald in the last minute.

Adam Birchall warms up against Crawley Picture Barry Goodwin

Adam Birchall warms up against Crawley Picture: Barry Goodwin

Boss Taylor is considering his options for the home game against Coventry on Tuesday and has been impressed with the striker’s attitude.

Birchall was on loan at Dartford when Taylor succeeded Martin Allen and has been working hard for an opportunity ever since.

Taylor said: “I imagine he’s been frustrated. Nothing against Dartford but when I took over, he wanted to come and train here more to show me what he could do because he thought he’d get another chance.

“I haven’t really given him that chance. He nearly went out to Woking on loan but he decided to stay here and have a go. Every day he’s been training, he’s done well and worked hard.

“And he’s looked dangerous at times in finishing exercises.

“Now, that doesn’t mean all of a sudden you’ve got the finished article on the pitch but he’s done nothing wrong and I’m pleased for him.

“I mentioned to him on Friday when I named the squad that he deserves a chance.”

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