Gillingham assistant manager John Schofield writes exclusively for the KM Group
We all knew Cheltenham would be a tough team to face and they
were the best team we have played in the league so far.
But our players showed their flexibility when we changed the
formation around early in the game.
We started with Myles Weston up top alongside Danny Kedwell but
we dropped him off to play alongside Chris Whelpdale and it helped
us both defensively and in an attacking sense.
It’s a credit to the lads that we can change the shape without
having to make changes to the personnel and it just shows that they
have been taking on board what we do in training and listening to
what we are telling them.
Cheltenham are an athletic side, with a lot of pace but it was a
good performance from us. We created the better chances and had the
lion’s share of the play so we were quite happy with the
We want to play a certain way but at times you have to tweak
that and it’s a massive advantage if you can do that without making
substitutions. Sometimes you need to do it to nullify their threat
and you can catch the opposition out.
You always need something else up your sleeve for times like
that, when things aren’t going how you want them to and that is one
of the gaffer’s strengths. He is not afraid to do that. It is
having confidence in the players that allows you to do that.
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