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Gillingham midfielder Mark Bentley writes exclusively for the KM Group

Mark Bentley in action against Port Vale
Mark Bentley in action against Port Vale

It was another frustrating day on our travels against Port Vale but unlike recent away performances, we took lots of positives from the game.

hat a contrast to our last away game – at Accrington where we conceded seven – and that shows the character we have in this squad.

e were more determined than ever to put the wrongs right and defensively we were solid, especially Matty and Tony Sinclair who dealt with their two strikers.

In the absence of the injured Bayo and Cody, Dennis Oli, up front on his own, put in a real shift considering he hasn’t played for so long and Curtis Weston caused problems playing just behind him.

We created some good chances and deserved more. To go to the leaders and limit them to one chance where Alan Julian pulled off a great double save is testament to how well we did.

The gaffer decided to travel on the day to Port Vale which raised a few eyebrows but the organisation was spot-on as we stopped just over halfway for food and to stretch our legs before arriving in plenty of time at the ground.

It made a nice difference from being in a hotel.

Us footballers like routine and when you’re confined to a hotel room, other than laying around watching television, there is not much to do.

Being in your own homes you can prepare how you would before a home game, in my case normally running around after the kids.

One negative to come from the game was failing to break the club record of matches without an away win.

But it has happened and it’s up to us to make sure we don’t extend the record further. We should all be going away in a more positive frame of mind that a win is just around the corner.

The support on Saturday was again fantastic. We really do appreciate the numbers you turn up in and the noise you make.

Torquay come to Priestfield on Saturday and it’s another game we should win. There is a real sense of belief we can climb up the table and a win will get us closer to where we want to be.

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