Gillingham boss Martin Allen saw his side let slip a one goal lead against Exeter City to lose at Priestfield
Exeter got the better of Gillingham with a
late winner. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham manager Martin Allen admitted his
side were too “gung-ho” in the latter stages of Tuesday’s game
In a frantic finale the Gills conceded a
crucial third goal just moments after keeper Stuart Nelson had made
a penalty save.
“It was exciting and there were twists and
turns at the end,” said Allen, pictured.
“There was a brilliant save from Stuart Nelson
on the penalty and what a goal from Danny Jackman (to make it 2-2).
Jackman’s goal levelled the game with 11
minutes left after Exeter had turned a one-goal deficit into a 2-1
Allen said: “We left ourselves a bit too open,
too gung-ho. A point would have been good at that stage but we had
so many attacking players on the pitch at that stage we couldn’t
really change it as it all happened so quickly.
“We did try and change it tactically to make
some adjustments. We were playing virtually 4-1-5 with everyone
pushing forward to get a winner and perhaps we should have had
another holding midfielder in there but we just couldn’t make the
adjustment from the technical area and before you know it, it was
“It was a difficult one to swallow but the
lads gave everything they’ve got, they played some really good
stuff and it is nothing to be too disheartened about, but we don’t
like it when we don’t win.
“We played some fantastic football but it was
difficult to break them down, a team playing on the counter attack
once again against us and they have a couple of quality footballers
in their team, upfront especially.
“On the counter attack they were always
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