Gillingham manager Martin Allen aiming to find winning formula through player analysis
By Craig Tucker
Martin Allen and his staff have shut
themselves away in a bid to work out Gillingham’s strongest
A run of one win in five games has
seen Gills’ lead at the top of League 2 cut from seven points to
Boss Allen (pictured) is always
looking for ways to improve and has trawled through hours of
analysis ahead of the game at in-form Rotherham, who sit fourth, on
He said: "The senior staff have been
analysing performances of every player in the Gillingham squad
since the first ball of the season was kicked.
"Sports science, statistics, analysis
– individual and collective – it’s all been collated to find out
what’s been the winning team, what’s been the winning combinations,
what players have been the most successful for us.
"There’s been an awful lot of work
behind the scenes and some long, long hours. I don’t think anyone’s
seen much of us over the past 10 days where we’ve been working so
While Allen appreciates the merits of
sports science, his team selection won’t be determined by a
computer. He added: "The most important thing is the communication
between you and the players.
"Looking after the players and making
sure they are happy, fit, know their jobs and are enjoying coming
to work every day. If all those things are in good order, we can
use the analysis and sports science and other bits and pieces to
hopefully make my decision-making better."
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