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Gillingham boss Ady Pennock reacts to their 1-0 loss against Bradford City

By Luke Cawdell

Gills head coach Ady Pennock felt his side had enough chance on Saturday “to win five or six games.”

But he admitted they lacked the cutting edge when it mattered most.

Gills head coach Ady Pennock Picture Andy Payton

Gills head coach Ady Pennock Picture: Andy Payton

He said: “We had a right go and I said before, we will lose games, but we have to go down fighting and that is what we did. We had some good chances.

“I’m disappointed we lost, obviously, but we had enough chances to win five or six games, let alone one. I’m disappointed we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“When you play against any team you need to be clinical. On Tuesday we had chances before they scored and we had good opportunities (last week at) Doncaster.

“If the keeper saves then that’s fine, that is what he is there to do, but if you don’t hit the target then it’s not good. We will be working on it, it is only the second game of the season and I think we are showing some very good signs.

“They are good boys and they worked their socks off. Even when we went down to 10 men we had some good chances and I think (the chance at the end) was offside. I saw the linesman’s flag go straight up.” 


Report: Gillingham 0 Bradford City 1


Gillingham didn’t get any of the big decisions on Saturday, with referee John Busby denying them a penalty and sending striker Conor Wilkinson off.

Pennock felt both could have gone his side’s way.

He said: “It was a good shout (for the penalty) but the referee didn’t give it.

“We are going to appeal the red card that’s for sure.

“It’s unbelievably difficult being a referee and I spoke to him afterwards. I didn’t want to rant and rave at him (during the game) because you aren’t going to get anything.

“I felt there were some soft yellow cards first half and he didn’t carry on like that in the second. That made it a little difficult for him. I know it is difficult and I am not going to start having a go at him.”

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