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The Shouting Men: Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson writes exclusively for the KM Group

By KentOnline reporter

It’s Sheffield United away this weekend and if you can’t look forward to this kind of game you might as well not play football.

Most times I have done well at Sheffield United and it’s a game you notice when the fixtures first come out.

You look for your derbies and local fixtures, who you have Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson. Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson. Picture: Ady Kerry

Going to Bramall Lane is one of those dates you look forward to.

Why wouldn’t you want to play at those grounds where there are 20,000 fans inside? This is what football is about for me. You work hard in freezing conditions, wet weather, on muddy pitches, working hard and long days sometimes, so you can go to places like that.

I picked up an injury in our last match against Oldham but these things happen and I definitely wasn’t going off the pitch because of it.

I had three stitches in my chin at half-time but didn’t realise I had done anything wrong until I saw blood down my shirt.

I still have a problem with my ankle after saving that penalty against MK Dons, which is probably more painful because it hurts every time I kick the ball. The chin was nothing.

My ankle feels fine to run around on but to kick a ball it absolutely canes. I am just managing it at the moment. Injections might be a possibility but not yet. I’m on painkillers now.

I just have to look after it in training, monitor it and take it easy through the week, doing
as much as I can without overdoing it.

It was disappointing to have lost at Oldham on Saturday.

I don’t think we carried out what we wanted to do first half. There was a response second half, which was better and what we set our standards to but it was too late.

We were a goal down and even when you’re playing your best, sometimes you can’t score.
When the manager changes, sometimes you get a quick fix and sometimes you don’t. You have to accept that it is work in progress.

This is my fourth manager at Gillingham now and I had four in two years at Notts County, so this is eight in my last two teams, in six-and-a-half years. You just have to get on with it.

A decision is made by the people at the top of the club, doing it for the good of the club.

We have to respect it and get on board with it but the bottom line is we are professional footballers, here to play and work hard and that’s what we’re doing.

Whoever is in charge, we just want to win football matches. We are all trying our hardest to make sure we are right for Saturday to give ourselves the best opportunity to win.

Read the full column in Friday's Medway Messenger

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