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Peter Taylor saw his side miss the chance to finish Peterborough United off at Priestfield on Saturday

14 December 2013
by Luke Cawdell

Peter Taylor gets his point across as Gills hang on Pic Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor gets his point across Pic: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor was frustrated that the Gills were unable to seal the points at Priestfield on Saturday.

The Gills led 2-1, after turning around a one goal half-time deficit and had a golden chance to wrap things up when Cody McDonald was put clean through, only for the six-goal striker to see his shot saved.

Peterborough keeper Robert Olejnik guessed right, saving low and the visitors went down the other end and levelled the game in injury-time.

Taylor said: “When you are through and you have that long and you think about it, you must go high, you can’t go low because you never see a goalkeeper jump high (in those situations).

“He is going to get it if the shot goes low and it is a shame and it is very easy for me to say it, but if he had beaten him it would have been a great goal and a match-winner.

“I will talk to him (Cody) about it on Monday morning but he will know my thoughts on it. Only in the respect of making decisions and thinking about what the keeper is thinking.”

But Taylor won’t be going over-board, insisting all good strikers miss.

Adam Barrett and Cody McDonald challenge for the ball Pic Barry Goodwin

Adam Barrett and Cody McDonald challenge for the ball Pic: Barry Goodwin

“I am sure Alan Shearer has been through like that on his own and not scored,” said the Gils boss.

“It is not the easiest thing and when you have that much time, it’s too much time really. It is not an easy situation.”

Taylor was pleased overall as his side came back from 1-0 down. Joe Martin levelled with a free-kick and McDonald looked to have scored the winner, with a 70th minute header.

“I was delighted with them and I told them that after the game,” said Taylor.


Cody McDonald challenges Peterborough dangerman Lee Tomlin

Cody McDonald challenges Peterborough dangerman Lee Tomlin

“Effort-wise, fantastic, we just have to get some of our decisions right when we are a bit tired. There are little areas we can improve on and there were certainly improvements from last week’s game and that’s good.”

The equalising goal came in the final minute of stoppage time.

“Peterborough are a very good passing team and full credit to them,” said Taylor,

“Darren is building another good team there and again, you are going to get really tested and we had to hang in there. It was never comfortable and it is never in the bag.

“That (second goal) hurt but saying that, Stuart Nelson pulled off a couple of brilliant saves as well and as much as we are disappointed the goal came so late, we are realistic because Peterborough opened us up quite a few times as well.

“It was last-ditch defending from us but it’s an area we need to get a little bit better at. Then saying that, when you are playing against a side of that quality, you are likely to get tested.”



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