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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor praised his hard working team after picking up maximum points against Sheffield United

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham boss Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin

Cody McDonald and Danny Kedwell grabbed the headlines on Saturday but boss Peter Taylor knew it was a team effort.

Three of his new signings also made a key contribution as they Gills downed Sheffield United on the Yorkshire side’s own turf.

“It was a team effort,” said the Gills boss.

“We did some good things but of course at times we were really asked to defend as well and I think the players worked extremely hard as a group. You can’t ask for any more than that.

“There have been lots of times since I’ve been here we haven’t played anywhere near the way we would like to play and we have been disappointing, but I have never questioned the effort and again that was a team performance.”

At 2-1 up the Gills had to withstand plenty of pressure from a United side still struggling at the wrong end of League 1.

Taylor said: “It is a typical thing that when you are winning the opposition have to take a bit of a gamble. If you then know you have people that can run towards their goal quickly then you have got a chance of a counter attack.

“We had to defend as a team but we always thought we could nick a goal. The timings of the goals for us were great, not so much the Kedwell one, because he got whacked and had to come off, that was a bit unlucky for us.

“Overall I’m chuffed for them because they’ve worked hard.”

The Gills were backed by over 600 fans at Brammal Lane and Taylor appreciated their backing.

“I am delighted for the fans because they put in a few bob to come a long way to watch their team and their support was fantastic,” Taylor said.

“I know they have had a bit of a changeable season but thankfully it is calming down now and hopefully we can get on and get a few more points. We are 14 now and it’s something the lads are really pleased with.”

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