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Manager Peter Taylor delighted by away point at Bradford as Gills make it three games unbeaten

17 March 2014
by Craig Tucker

Cody McDonald beats Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin to score the equaliser for Gillingham Picture Barry Goodwin

Cody McDonald beats Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin to score the equaliser for Gillingham Picture: Barry Goodwin

 

Manager Peter Taylor is starting to think about League 1 safety after Gillingham extended their unbeaten run to three games.

Cody McDonald’s second-half equaliser earned a 1-1 draw at Bradford on Saturday as Gills, in 13th place, maintained their eight-point cushion on the bottom four with only nine games to play.

Taylor warned there is still work to be done but he said: “Any game we play away from home, a point’s good.

“There’s certain games we play at home where a point’s good. That’s three matches unbeaten now.

“Three matches before that we were talking about three defeats. If that gap can remain at eight points and we keep knocking off the fixtures, we’re over the moon.

Adebayo Akinfenwa makes his presence known as a second-half substitute at Bradford Picture Barry Goodwin

Adebayo Akinfenwa makes his presence known as a second-half substitute at Bradford Picture: Barry Goodwin

“When it’s eight points and there’s loads of games to go, then you know you’ve still got a lot to do. We’ve now only got nine matches left, so we are helping ourselves.

“To get an important point away from home, that could be the biggest point of our lives.”
Half-time substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa triggered Gillingham’s revival at Valley Parade,setting up McDonald’s 14th goal of the season and giving the Bradford defence a torrid time.

But Taylor insisted the big striker couldn’t have started, having played almost 80 minutes in the 4-2 midweek win over Coventry at Priestfield.

The Gills boss said: “People from our club know the situation regarding Bayo.

“We know the presence he’s got and we probably could have done with him in the first half but we also know he can’t do 90 minutes, or he doesn’t do 90 minutes as well.

“When he came on, he was terrific. I don’t just want to stay he’s a big, strong centre-forward. He is that but he’s got a bit extra as well and some of his touches were outstanding.”

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