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Gillingham manager Martin Allen in upbeat mood despite Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Crawley

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

By Andrew Gidley

Manager Martin Allen was pleased with Gillingham's performance despite going out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after a 3-2 first round defeat at League 1 Crawley on Tuesday.

He said: "The boys done great, and played very well against a strong side in what was always going to be a tough game.

"The attitude and application of all my players was great, and we pushed up again at the end looking to win the tie ourselves. But their fellow scored a wonder goal to win it and you have got to say fair play to him for that.

"It was a great goal by Lewis Montrose for our second. It was a difficult game for him after the horrible decision I made to bring him off on Saturday after only half an hour and tonight was a real test of character for him."

Allen (pictured) revealed that Matt Fish was taken off with a tight Achilles and is already rated doubtful for the trip to Barnet on Saturday. Midfielder Jack Payne was a late withdrawal after being taken ill during the afternoon.

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