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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor felt the opening goal changed the game as they lost 3-0 to Colchester United

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham manager Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gills boss Peter Taylor had plenty to be angry about after Saturday’s loss to Colchester.

He was aghast at a refereeing decision that led to his team going a goal down and then saw his team crumble.

“Over the 90 minutes the performance wasn’t good enough,” said Taylor, who had made just one change to the starting XI, following a 1-0 win over Wolves.

“In the first half it was very even, we had chances to score and so did they and had we broken away with a bit more quality in the first half then i think there was a goal there. We started exceptionally well but unfortunately we didn’t carry it on.”

Colchester scored the opener five minutes after the break but Taylor felt that home midfielder Marcus Bean was interfering with play, as a shot from Sanchez Watt went in.

“We are extremely unhappy about their first goal,” Taylor said, who went to speak to the referee following the post-match press conference.

“We believe it was off-side and their fella (Bean) was interfering. The linesman said that because the fella let it go through his legs he isn’t interfering. You can work that one out for yourself.

“That changed it and in the second half we were disappointing and Colchester deserved to win the game on the strength of their second half performance.

“It was a very close game up until then and then all of a sudden they score that disappointing goal.

Cody McDonald on a rare attack forward for Gills
Cody McDonald on a rare attack forward for Gills

“Okay, it shouldn’t have made as much difference as it did, because after that we were very poor and it shouldn’t change a game that much.

“Our attitude, patience and discipline has got to stay as it was but I think our heads dropped and we didn’t play anywhere near as we have done recently. I was very disappointed by that and I told the players the same.

“As much as I have said I have enjoyed watching them in the last few matches, this one was a disappointing one.”

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