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Gillingham boss Martin Allen was pleased with his side's display against Bristol City at Priestfield

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

Martin Allen was pleased with the point gained from Saturday’s match against Bristol City.

It was a game which saw the Gills boss the first half before having to dig deep in the second.

“It was an outstanding first half,” said Allen. “We had a bit of a tricky period five minutes before half-time and apart from that I thought we played superbly well.

“Bristol City came back into it in the second half but we defended as a team. Numerous times we have been here and conceded late goals and it was important we kept our discipline, the players kept believing and yes they had a few chances in the end, but we stuck at it and got a good point.

“That first half was up there with that Brentford game. We played well and we passed the ball around. We didn’t quite manage to keep it going but it was hot out there and Bristol City do play an open game and it involves a lot of running for our team. Our players stuck to it manfully and it was a good point.”

Allen made early changes in the second half, introducing Cody McDonald and Danny Hollands.

“I felt we needed to get some fresh legs on,” said Allen. “Cody and Danny Hollands were chomping at the bit to get on so I thought we would get fresh legs on right away and we nearly scored straight away, which would have been fun.

“Danny played 35 minutes and I thought he did really well. He is a good player.

“But there was no way I was going to change that team that played so well last week at Swindon and played so well against Brentford. Cody also came on and looked razor sharp.

“The players dug in, they were exhausted afterwards, they have given everything they have got and when they came in afterwards I was delighted with them.

“We are not jumping for joy but certainly pleased with the point.”

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