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Andy Hessenthaler tells Gillingham's players to stay relaxed

Andy Hessenthaler
Andy Hessenthaler

Andy Hessenthaler will be telling his players to stay relaxed against Lincoln on Saturday as they seek to make it third time lucky this weekend.

The Gills have drawn both their opening League 2 matches and boss Hessenthaler knows the perils of trying too hard for that first win of the season.

"I don’t think that win is far away," said the Gills boss. "When you want something that badly and you worry, sometimes it doesn’t come, and we just need to relax.

"It will come. We need to just keep putting in the performances that we have been doing.

"We need to go and win a couple now. If we have two wins and two draws it would put us in a nice position for the first month of the season. That’s the key.

"You need a bit of belief to go out there and keep doing what you are doing. I know the players believe in it and they just have to forget about how badly they want it."

Hessenthaler has refused to use the long injury list as an excuse for not winning and looks set to be without some key players once more this weekend.

He said: "You look at the ones sat in the stands and it would be lovely to have that option of them being in the squad and making my job harder in picking the team.

"It won’t be easy when they all come back but it gives us better options. It’s not just about 11 players, it’s about a squad."

Sitting top with two wins from two are Torquay and Shrewsbury and, while the Gills boss isn’t taking much notice of the early running, he is aware of it.

He added: "You don’t need to start looking at league tables until 10 games in. Everyone does, though.

"We just have to make sure we keep in touch. If we can stay undefeated we’ll be well in touch."

Hessenthaler knows Lincoln could come and sit tight for a point but he’s hoping his team can find a way through.

He said: "We haven’t got to worry about them, we have to worry about ourselves. If we apply ourselves the right way, get off to a good tempo with the crowd behind us like they do, then hopefully it will be that first three points."

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