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Peter Taylor watched from the stands as Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town won 2-0 against Gillingham at Priestfield

By Luke Cawdell
Gills boss Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor admitted his side got more things wrong than right on Saturday.

The Gills were beaten 2-0 by Championship side Ipswich Town at Priestfield.

Taylor’s men conceded in the second minute and for the first time in pre-season they failed to find the net.

“I probably learned more out of that than all the other friendly matches put together,” said the Gills boss.

“We were tested a lot more. Ipswich closed us down very well and stopped us playing out.

“We got a little better (as the half wore on) but I think we made more bad decisions than good ones. But I think we were tested a lot more as well. We will get a lot out of the friendlies there is no doubt about that.

“Everyone, whether it was a full-back, centre half or a midfield player, they certainly got more tested because Ipswich, at times, had a lot more of the ball and had players that could hurt us.

“As long as the players work extremely hard to do the right things and get their fitness levels right, then that’s all you can ask. We will have a very good chat on Monday about lots of things where I thought we could improve on.”

Taylor insisted that little could be read into his starting XI against Ipswich.

“I don’t think that will be the starting XI (for the opening league game),” he said.

“There are certain players that are not feeling 100% right, although they are not injured. People might be feeling tired and that is why certain people might not have started.

“I didn’t want to play Jermaine (McGlashan) and Brennan (Dickenson) in the same half and you can’t really read too much into it at the moment.”

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy felt his side were well worthy of the win.

He said: “It was a good workout for the lads, especially in the intense heat that both teams had to play in.

“I thought we played well and I thought we deserved to win.

“I can’t remember (our goalkeeper) having a save to make and I was thoroughly pleased with the performance.”

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