Gillingham boss Martin Allen was delighted to see his side bounce back with a win at Bradford City
Martin Allen was delighted to have ended a difficult week
on a high.
The Gills lost at home to Wycombe on Monday
but bounced back by winning away at Bradford on Saturday.
Boss Allen (pictured) said:
“Everyone in the team was absolutely fantastic. There were some
outstanding individual performances, as a collective unit and as a
group of men.
“It was a great end to what had not been a
great week. That game on Monday night hit us all hard. Bradford are
in the League Cup final, they beat Aston Villa, Arsenal and Wigan
and we’ve gone there and won 1-0, so that’s pretty good going.
“In the first half they had one shot. We
had come away from home, against a side going to Wembley in two
weeks’ time, so this lot have got dangerous players.
“They have put themselves up against some
Premier League players, so let’s not kid ourselves. Everyone had to
be right on their game.”
The Gills were without leading scorer Danny
Kedwell – out with a hamstring injury – and Allen made three
changes to the side that lost to Wycombe – all in midfield.
“We did change our way of playing and
tactically we got it spot on,” said Allen.
“We knew in the second half the game would
open up, space would come and there would be chances for us.
"I think they only had one header in the
second half and it went just past the post but apart from that they
didn’t get anywhere near our goal, which is testament to what we do
on the training field.
“We lost the other night and after watching
the DVD we didn’t play that bad and there were parts of the second
half we played quite well, believe it or not.
“We made changes and brought on fresh legs.
We had fast runners and they are good athletes. Allen can run,
Robinson can run and so can Whelpdale. They did a hell of a lot of
“Andy Frampton can play infront of the back
four and our two centre forwards had to drop deep inbetween the
midfield and their defenders. We picked players who could run and
had good athletes in our team.
"Perhaps the other night we actually missed
that because most good teams have people who can run, they can
break through defenders and go past people and the lads did a great
job, all of them.”
Picture: Barry Goodwin
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