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Oldham Athletic 1 Gillingham 1: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Lovell

By Luke Cawdell

A late goal for the Gills was just reward says boss Steve Lovell.

His men were pushing for an equaliser in the second half at Oldham after falling behind at the end of the first.

Tom Eaves’ stoppage-time penalty finally levelled things up.

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Steve Lovell on the touchline at Oldham Picture: Andy Payton (1495088)

Lovell said: “Second half especially, we created chance after chance and we deserved to get something out of the game, without really playing very well.

“You go to a place like Oldham, who are fighting for their lives and you know what kind of game you are going to get, it’s not going to be pretty and it wasn’t.

“But we dug in, we kept going and we deserved to get something out of the game.”

Report: Oldham Athletic 1 Gillingham 1

Gillingham got their chance from the spot after an off-the-ball foul on Eaves.

Like most people in the ground, Lovell didn’t see the incident, but was happy that the linesman did. Eaves had his hair pulled by Wilfried Moimbe.

"Tom said their fella pulled his hair, so it was a good job he wasn’t bald," said the Gills boss.

"The linesman has seen it, sometimes you get them, sometime you don’t. That was a little bit of luck we needed at the end."

The Gills had trailed to a goal from Duckens Nazon, conceding after defender Bradley Garmston had been beaten in the area.

Lovell said: “Bradley Garmston didn’t defend it properly. He is one against one with the fella and he has to stop him. That is what he is there for and there were only 30 seconds to go until the end of the half.

“That was disappointing and had we gone in 0-0 at half-time it would perhaps been a different story second half but Oldham got the goal and it gave them a lift. They tried to hang on but we got a point in the end.”

And that late goal avoided making it four games on the bounce without registering one.

Lovell said: “There were some tremendous balls into the box and I would have loved being out there on the end of them, it’s just about people reading them.

“You play with players on a weekly basis and you (need to) understand what they do, what their qualities are.

"Luke O’Neill and Bradley Garmston can both deliver quality crosses but there's no point putting them in the box if nobody is getting on the end of them.

“We have scored goals this year, we have found it hard in the last three or four but defensively we are very sound.”

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