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Gillingham interim boss Peter Taylor wasn't happy with the first half performance against Carlisle United

Peter Taylor took over in October 2013 and kept on Martin Allen's coaching team Picture: Barry Goodwin
Peter Taylor took over in October 2013 and kept on Martin Allen's coaching team Picture: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor was grateful of a win on Saturday after seeing the Gills make a slow start.

Taylor’s side won the game courtesy of a Danny Kedwell penalty in the second half - Gillingham’s only on target shot of the whole game.

“The performance wasn’t a step forward but the three points was,” said the interim boss, who made a double substitution at the break to try and get the Gills firing.

“I said to the players after the game ‘did you run around more in the second half then you did the first?’ and they all agreed.

“I thought our first half performance was very poor and after the booing that we got at half-time, I said to them that had I been in that crowd paying money to watch then I would have been booing the loudest.

“I think it was a very poor performance in the first half and for me it’s not something that is acceptable in the position we are in. Second half we kept going and thankfully got the penalty and then the players really dug in and worked extremely hard to get a result.”

Those changes at the break saw Cody McDonald and Steven Gregory replace Myles Weston and Charlie Lee.

“We just wanted to do something a little different to give us more options upfront,” explained Taylor.

“Cody has looked extremely sharp this week and in training he has worked incredibly hard to try and get back into the team. For me, he was always going to be in my thoughts.

“Young Bradley Dack has looked very good in the games I’ve seen him and Gregory is a better player than he is showing the moment. I thought we needed him to settle our team down and to have a bit more balance.”

In the end the Gills were relying on Kedwell once more, as he made it four goals in the last four games, with a penalty winner.

“I was here when he scored the two (penalties) against MK Dons and he took them extremely well,” said Taylor.

And Kedwell finished the game in defence, following Leon Legge’s dismissal.

He said: “Danny’s performance was outstanding and he was very happy to play centre-half when Leon got sent off and he won probably every header when he went centre-half. We needed that.”

Match-winner Kedwell said: “That’s what we needed. Last week was disappointing after a good first half and a bad second and this week we had a bad first and a good second.”

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