Gillingham manager Martin Allen was pleased to get a point at Morecambe on Saturday
Gillingham boss Martin Allen felt his
side could have taken maximum points at Morecambe
on Saturday after stepping it up in the second half.
The Gills were a goal down at
half-time but Bradley Dack’s 52nd-minute equaliser levelled
things up and Allen’s side bossed the remainder of the match.
"It was a great point," said the Gills
manager (pictured). We played really well in the first half and had
a couple of good opportunities.
"They had only lost once in five
months at home, it’s a tough place to play football and the pitch
was very heavy.
"We didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down at
half-time, that’s for sure, and they only got near our goal once.
Then in the second half we had the legs, energy and running power
of Charlie Allen, Bradley Dack and Anton Robinson
"We stepped it up a little bit in the
second half and played higher up the pitch. Perhaps we were a bit
more direct to get into the final third quicker and it was an
exquisite finish into the corner on a really bobbly pitch.
"That technique was practised on
the training ground and in the technical sessions that we do with
the players. It was fantastic."
Dack almost scored a winner late on,
with an 80th-minute header, that went narrowly wide.
"Had that gone in I think it would
have been a deserved win," said Allen.
"They had pressure but they didn’t
really create anything, which we have seen a million times this
season. It is all well and good having the ball but it is still
hard to find chances against us because we are such a great unit of
men. Credit to all the players, I think they were superb."
Allen made four changes to his
starting 11, with both Danny East and Steve Gregory rested. The
pair were at Morecambe, along with Adam Birchall, but not in the
"I rested Gregory, who has been
superb, but I totally rested him," said Allen.
"East played on the right of midfield
the other night but he isn’t really a right midfielder, he’s a
full-back, and it’s tough on him."
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