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MK Dons 1 Gillingham 0. Head coach Ady Pennock reacts to their defeat at Stadium MK

By Luke Cawdell

Ady Pennock felt Saturday’s game was another which could have easily gone in their favour.

The Gills left MK Dons empty handed after missing the chance to level the scores from the penalty spot.

“It’s the same old stuff at the moment,” said Gills’ frustrated head coach Pennock.

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Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock at MK Dons on Saturday Picture Ady Kerry

Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock at MK Dons on Saturday Picture: Ady Kerry

“I thought we played well, we knocked the ball around well, but we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net again and conceded a poor goal from a cross.

“I am bitterly disappointed because we should never have lost that game, that’s for sure.”

Pennock didn’t agree with any of the big decisions made by referee Trevor Kettle. He awarded MK a penalty, which keeper Tomas Holy saved, then handed the Gills a chance from the spot after another dubious decision. 

Report: MK Dons 1 Gillingham 0

Josh Wright put Gills’ penalty over the bar and Pennock thought his team should have been awarded another one, for a foul on Max Ehmer.

“I am bewildered by it all,” said Pennock.

“It is a tough role to play, being a referee, their penalty you could see Tom (Holy) got a hand to it and pushed it out the way. For our penalty I thought it was very tough for them.

Gillingham's Liam Nash wins a penalty after a challenge with the MK Dons keeper Picture Ady Kerry

Gillingham's Liam Nash wins a penalty after a challenge with the MK Dons keeper Picture: Ady Kerry

“Then there was the Max Ehmer one at the end. He was taken out. I didn’t understand it at all. They were decision he (Mr Kettle) thought were right and they weren’t.

“He gave them a soft penalty and I thought he gave us a soft penalty.”

In the end it was a goal early in the second half that settled the match, scored by MK Dons’ Osman Sow. He made himself space at the far post to head home a cross.

It was a rare lapse in concentration at the back.

“That’s all it takes,” said the Gills boss.

“You tell them at half-time to be nice and bright in the first five or 10 minutes and to be on the front foot but then we concede and that is disappointing.”

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