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Martin Allen felt his Gillingham side handed Wolverhampton Wanderers too many chances at Molineux

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

Gills boss Martin Allen was disappointed to see his side fail to rise to the occasion on Saturday.

The Gills were second best to a team containing several former Premier League players.

But it was Gillingham’s failure to perform that Allen felt proved crucial.

“It was very disappointing and we didn’t play anywhere near the way we can,” said the Gills boss.

“Wolves had a very strong side, a good team but one thing we wanted to do was to keep them quiet for that first 20 minutes. We never managed to do it and it gave them the momentum they wanted and the crowd got right behind them.

“In the first few minutes we had two good crosses into their box, which was a good start, but from their first attack they scored, which was obviously a big blow.

“They have very expensive players, a fantastic squad and they had some Premier League players in their team. I can take a loss if there were some individual moments of brilliance from players but I thought we gifted them too many goals too easy.

“All the players are disappointed that they haven’t given a good account of themselves on what was a fantastic occasion for our club. It was a big disappointment.”

The Gills had conceded three before the break and Allen was pleased with a positive second half showing, as they let in just one more goal.

“At halftime the players were more disappointed than anybody,” said the Gills boss.

“The players train hard and they work hard and the last thing they need from me is to start shouting and ranting and raving at them, there is no point.

“They need help, they need guidance and they need support. That’s what we tried to do. I asked if anyone wanted to come off because of the difficulty of the game but I thought it would be best to give them a chance to go out there and win the second half; that was our aim.

“Gregory got a yellow card and so I took him off to protect him for next week. I thought the lads did very well second half, they showed a great attitude, gave something there for our supporters to enjoy but obviously our supporters, as the manager does and as the players do, they want that from the off.”

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