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Blackpool v Gillingham preview: Gills boss Steve Evans hoping for the result of the season at Bloomfield Road

Gillingham head to the seaside on Easter Monday to take on form team Blackpool.

It’s a huge game for the Gills in terms of their play-off hopes, up against a team who are 12 unbeaten and currently occupy sixth place in League 1.

Gillingham beat Blackpool 2-0 earlier in the season.Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham beat Blackpool 2-0 earlier in the season.Picture: Barry Goodwin

The Gills have lost just once in nine and are fighting to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Gills boss Steve Evans has guided his team to some big results of late but pulling off a win at Blackpool would top the lot.

“It would be the best result of the season for me,” he said.

“Blackpool are a phenomenal side, I really like them, I really like the manager [Neil Critchley], he is an outstanding young man and I first met him at Priestfield when we had a chat.

“We look forward to seeing Neil but more importantly we look forward to seeing us take a team up and there and coming back with a point or three.

“I listened to Karl Robinson’s words [the Oxford manager] and he said they were going to Sunderland [on Friday] and it’s a free hit, I thought, 'I’m not so sure about that'. We have a free hit at Blackpool.

“For me, they are the best team in the league at the moment. People will say, ‘well he said that a few times’ and yeah when we went to Lincoln they were one of the best teams in the league, when we went to Hull they were the league leaders.

“We don’t kid ourselves, we have an enormous task in the run in, but we don’t fear anyone, we are looking forward to every game, we are fresh, hungry and we will be ready by the time we get to the north west on Monday.

“If someone said ‘would you take four points from Wigan (the Gills beat the Latics 1-0 on Wednesday) and Blackpool?’ I would tick the box, we would be right in the mix with five or six. My players can handle it, we can handle it, I am not sure those who continually want to talk and decry others for a way of playing can.

“I read a comment from Sean Dyche, there is no wrong way to play football. He had a formula. There is no right or wrong, it is about winning, that is what everyone wants more than anything.

“The whole team since the start of the year have been totally galvanised, totally given everything for the cause, they are so fit, they are running as hard in the 95th minute as the fifth minute and credit to the medical team, we will be fresh and ready to go again for Blackpool.”

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