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Gillingham manager Martin Allen reacts to defeat at Shrewsbury Town

Barnet boss Martin Allen during his time as manager of Gillingham Picture: Barry Goodwin
Barnet boss Martin Allen during his time as manager of Gillingham Picture: Barry Goodwin

Martin Allen felt his team lacked the killer edge on Saturday.

The Gills boss had previously seen his side win games against Crewe and MK Dons.

But after defeat to Shrewsbury, Allen said: “We did okay but not how we have been playing that’s for sure and it was particularly disappointing to lose a goal to a set-play.

“Up until that point they had been very little threat to us. We had plenty of possession in their half of the field but never really created a great deal.

“We hit the post in the first half and had another couple of chances and then right at the very end we had even more chances.”

Cody McDonald is urged on by Martin Allen Picture: Barry Goodwin
Cody McDonald is urged on by Martin Allen Picture: Barry Goodwin

The first half goal, from a corner, left the Gills trailing but only when Shrewsbury scored their second was the game put beyond Allen’s men.

“There are fine lines and there are those mad moments,” said Allen.

“Cody is half a yard from slipping the ball in off Bayo’s shot and Kedwell hit the post in the first half and we do take the game to the opposition, like we did at Crewe.

“It was a little below the level of performance that we put in those two games but these players have done fantastically well in the last two matches. No doubt about it we will get a good response from them this week.”

Allen made a switch at the break when Myles Weston came on for Chris Whelpdale.

“There was no injury,” the Gills boss confirmed. “I wanted some pace and some threat to attack them and Myles provides that.

“He has been coming on as a substitute and doing extremely well for our team and he is close to being in the team.

“He has been very patient, trained very hard and when he came on he was a threat on both wings, getting crosses in, but we just couldn’t find that killer touch.”

Allen was pleased with the performance from Charlie Allen, who took over at right-back.

“He was full of power, pace, running and athleticism and he certainly played very well,” said the Gills boss.


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