Gillingham manager Martin Allen is hoping for a happier outcome at Priestfield for fans and players
By Luke Cawdell
Martin Allen is hoping for a happier Priestfield this weekend as
Gillingham take on relegation-threatened Plymouth.
The Gills boss and his players came under fire from their own
fans after suffering a sixth home defeat of the season last time
out against Oxford at Priestfield.
They take to the field on Saturday still sitting top of League 2
– two points clear of second-placed Port Vale with a game in
Allen (pictured) said: "The supporters are entitled to their
opinion and losing at home hurts.
"It hurts the supporters and the players and, of course, it
hurts me. I don’t like it. But when the players come in the
dressing room after being booed and shouted at, they know when they
are through that door I am there to help them.
"It would be better if the supporters had a go at me rather than
"Better still, it would be better if I could walk quietly down
that touchline and at the end of the game, all our supporters give
our players a standing ovation because they do their best every
game they play."
He added: "I always say to the players, ‘don’t knock the
supporters’ opinion because it is important’. If they boo you and
we haven’t played well, you have to man up and face up to it,
that’s what it is like."
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