Gillingham manager Martin Allen was pleased with the point gained against Cheltenham Town at Priestfield
Martin Allen was happy with the point from
Tuesday’s match against fellow high-flyers Cheltenham.
Neither side were able to make the
breakthrough at Priestfield.
“It was a good point and we played very well
in the second half,” said the Gills boss, pictured.
“They were dangerous as we expected in the
first half but it was a great game of football.
“Mark Yates (Cheltenham manager) has put
together a really good team and it’s a measure of how far we have
come. The lads were really disappointed in the dressing room but I
wasn’t because I think it’s a good point.
“Nobody has gained on us (in the table), as
all the other teams at the top have drawn, so I suppose that’s good
news as well.”
The Gills were forced to defend in numbers at
times during a testing first 45 minutes, but held out to claim a
third straight clean sheet.
“Our players are fantastic, they put their
bodies on the line and they care,” said Allen.
“Sometimes we are going to have to defend and
make those blocks. Our goalkeeper made a brilliant save. They had a
few close chances but when they came our players closed in around
our goal and defended for their lives. That is what they do and
that is probably why we are at the top.”
Allen revealed that he had to re-shuffle his
team on the eve of the match, after midfielder Charlie Lee pulled
out with a virus.
“I found out at 5 o’clock that Charlie
couldn’t play,” Allen said.
“Charlie played so well on Saturday when he
came on as a substitute so we thought it was the right time to put
him in, because he is a good player, but they are all good players
and they can all play well.
“It was not too much of a disruption. Charlie
is good but the people who took his place are good as well.”
Allen promoted development player
Josh Hare to the bench to make up the numbers, despite the
youngster playing 90 minutes in the reserves during the
“He was a sub which was good,” said Allen.
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