Gillingham captain Adam Barrett is sure the side will bounce back against Bradford City this weekend
Adam Barrett competes in
the air on Monday night Picture: Barry
Captain Adam Barrett admits
that his team might be underdogs this weekend.
Gillingham have been favourites in
the majority of matches they have played, having sat top of League
2 for much of the season, but head to cup specialists Bradford on
Saturday reeling from the home defeat to Wycombe.
"We have been top for so long and
we’ve been there to be shot at," said the 33-year-old skipper.
"They might be the favourites now
with their cup exploits but we will concentrate on what we’re
"We want to bounce back and we have
done that well this year. Every time we have had a disappointment,
we’ve come back the next game. That’s the sign of a good team."
Bradford became the first
fourth-tier side in more than 50 years to reach the League Cup
final, after beating Aston Villa on aggregate in the semi-final.
They had knocked out fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Wigan
out in previous rounds.
Barrett said: "We’ve got 17 games
to go and they are big, big games. We want to make sure we get
promoted this year and so we need to roll our sleeves up, pick the
bones out of Monday’s defeat and go again.
"Bradford have had the euphoria of
the cup exploits. It will be a big crowd and a tough game but one,
with our away form, we want to get back to winning ways in.
"You have to take your hat off to
their achievements in the cup. To get to a major cup final and
knock out three Premier League teams, especially (beating Aston
Villa) over two legs, it’s outstanding.
"Bradford at this level is a big
club and it’s a club where you look at their weekly gate (averaging
10,000) and it’s a nice ground.
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