Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson praises the club's defensive qualities after win over Northampton Town
Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson praised the
team’s defensive qualities after seeing off Northampton on Tuesday
The midweek victory lifted the Gills back to
the top of the league and ended a run of five games without a win
It was a victory that the Gills had to
fight hard for.
Nelson (pictured) said: “We knew it
was going to be tough and they are probably the most direct team in
“The boys coped tremendously; they dug in
and dealt with it. We defended from the top and if you have a
work-rate like that you won’t be far off it in any game. That’s
what we need to keep doing.
“The fans don’t expect us to win every
week, they know that, but if we give 100% and work hard for every
minute of the game, they will back us and that’s what they do. On
Tuesday we gave 100% for 90 minutes.”
Gillingham’s first goal was netted by Cody
McDonald, as he chased a ball from Matt Fish that bounced over the
head of Northampton keeper Lee Nicholls.
Nelson backed his opposite number to bounce
back from the experience.
“As a keeper we all know how he feels,”
said the 31-year-old.
“We all know what can happen and how you
feel inside when it does happen. I wouldn’t say I had sympathy
because would he have sympathy for me? I don’t know.
“But he is a good keeper and I am sure he
will bounce back from it. He is a young lad and will do well but
from a Gillingham point of view I couldn’t have been happier!
“It settled the nerves and it has been
great for Cody to hit the ground running as he has. I don’t think
he will get one much easier than that, six yards out with nobody in
goal. I know he won’t get an easy one like that in training - I’ll
make sure of that.”
The Gills then scored a second late on, as
Myles Weston was picked out from a goal-kick. Because it was a
goal-kick there was no off-side and Weston fired home in space, to
cap a great evening for the Gills and their keeper.
“It is about knowing the rules because
Westy went and stood on the edge of their box,” said Nelson.
“I kicked it to him and it couldn’t have
been any simpler. Sometimes you don’t get your breaks but when
Myles is in that position there is no stopping him. He created the
opportunity for himself and fair play, it was a great finish. It
killed the game off.”
Nelson has yet to score himself from open
play, but with his long kicking ability, it always remains an
“I had one disallowed when I was at
Brentford,” he said. “It went in against Doncaster and Deon Burton
was playing with me then as well. But the referee said Deon had
fouled the goalkeeper. It wasn’t a foul.
“Before the end of my career there will be
another chance and I will be ready. It all has to come together.
You always have to be aware of the opportunity.”
Picture: Barry Goodwin
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