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Gillingham boss Martin Allen knows the performance against York City in League 2 wasn’t good enough

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

by Luke Cawdell

Martin Allen was glad Gillingham salvaged a point from Saturday’s match against York but admitted overall it wasn’t good enough.

The Gills have now taken just two points from a possible 15 in their last five outings at Priestfield.

It’s a run of form that isn’t lost on Gills boss Allen.

He said: “When we all set out and left our homes we all wanted three points to go top of the league. I didn’t think we played that well.

“We played okay for the first 15 minutes and then going in at half-time it wasn’t easy for our players, we had made a couple of errors and we are finding it just a little bit difficult here (at Priestfield) at the moment, but we’ve had a good chat amongst ourselves.

“It wasn’t a great first half but we played much, much better in the second half. From being 1-0 down it was good to get a point.”

And scoring the all-important equaliser was new signing Cody McDonald.

“It was a great moment, to score in front of the Rainham End as well,” said Allen.

“He has looked sharp in training. It was a great goal, he is a great lad and the agreement (between Gillingham and parent club Coventry) didn’t actually go through until Saturday morning. It was great to see him get out there and score.”

After conceding it wasn’t a great first half, Allen was delighted the fans helped get the team right back at it in the second half.

“They sung their hearts out for the whole of the second half,” said the Gills boss.

“They really got behind the players. For Cody to come on and do that was great for the supporters and the supporters will be happy that he has scored, at the Rainham End, we have got a point.

“But then all of us, myself included, players as well, will all be saying we wanted three points and we didn’t do this and didn’t do that and that’s only right.

"Well done for Cody and well done for the second-half performance but I think everyone knows we need more and we can do better and we will do better. I am already looking forward to Tuesday night (against Northampton).”

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