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Gills manager Peter Taylor says his side will need more than three points to guarantee League 1 survival

By Luke Cawdell
Adebayo Akinfenwa scores against Rotherham. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gills boss Peter Taylor believes League 1 safety is far from assured.

Taylor has kept his team well clear of the relegation dog-fight up until now but defeat against Rotherham on Saturday leaves them just five points off the drop zone.

Gillingham travel to play-off chasing Peterborough on Tuesday night before visiting fourth-placed Leyton Orient at the weekend.

Many at Gills, including the club chairman, feel that one more win could do it but Taylor isn’t so sure.

He said: “I still think we need more than that and if you look at the results, it has got closer. Those teams are all fighting for their lives.”

“For us, the work rate was brilliant, character fantastic but defensively, marking was poor."

Gills chairman Paul Scally, commenting in his programme notes in the build-up to Saturday’s match, said: “A victory for us should mean we will have achieved our first pre-season target of retaining League 1 status.”

The Gills were six minutes away from doing that. They led Rotherham 3-2 but ended up conceding twice late on to lose.

Taylor said: “I thought the players worked hard and we deserved to get something out of it.

“There are loads of people who work hard in football because it is such a good life. You also have to do things in an organised way.

“For us, the work rate was brilliant, character fantastic but defensively, marking was poor.

“We show character all the time but character is one thing. You have to be organised and have plans and discipline to get points in a tough game.

“As a group we shouldn’t allow teams to knock the ball forward and give ourselves such a problem.”

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