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Head coach Ady Pennock remains convinced Gillingham will avoid relegation from League 1

By Luke Cawdell

Ady Pennock remains convinced he will keep Gillingham in League 1.

His team ended the weekend just four points off the drop zone and are in need another two wins to surpass the 50-point target after a 4-1 loss at Rochdale.

They have seven games left to steer clear of danger.

Ady Pennock believes Gillingham will avoid relegation this season Picture Barry Goodwin

Ady Pennock believes Gillingham will avoid relegation this season Picture: Barry Goodwin

“I am 100% confident,” said the Gills head coach, who has now seen his side concede eight goals in their last two matches.

“They are good, honest boys but they have to learn and do the basic stuff right. We need to get back to basics – that’s what they have to do.”

The Gills dropped down to 18th in the table following Saturday’s loss.

“We are conceding poor goals,” Pennock acknowledged. “But we have to be positive and we have a big game this Saturday against Peterborough."

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It’s been a tough spell for Pennock since taking over as head coach from the sacked Justin Edinburgh in early January, but he insists he’s still enjoying the job. 

He said: “It is tough but football is not easy at all. I’m loving the job and being involved in football. There are always ups and downs.

“We are here to be tested and we are being tested at the moment but I am enjoying it.”

Pennock admits he had strong words with his team after Saturday’s loss but he wasn’t going to single anyone out in public.

He said: “We said a few things in the changing room after the game but we now look forward to training and then the game against Peterborough, which is going to be massive.

“What goes on in the changing room stays in the changing room. That is the way I work."

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