Published: 06:00, 13 April 2021
Gillingham manager Steve Evans admits all eyes are on the League 1 table as the season heads towards a conclusion.
Evans believes his side are still in the hunt for a play-off place despite dropping valuable points on Saturday and will be watching with interest as those teams around them play games in hand tonight (Tuesday).
“We are still in it,” said Evans following their weekend draw with Shrewsbury.
“Last week we said we had to win four games and not lose the other two. We haven’t lost, we’ve drawn, we are four points off it.
“You have managers around the country saying they won’t be looking at league tables, let me tell you, they will be looking at them. It is what we are meant to do. If they are not looking at league tables I would say they are being neglectful of their job.
“We do look at them. We see there are teams with games in hand on Tuesday and in three weeks there will be another round of games which we are not involved in but they have to win them or we will be going to two games to go and we are still in it.
“Our only focus has to be Oxford (on Saturday) and Peterborough away (next Tuesday), that is as tough as it gets in League 1. Oxford won by six (on Saturday) and Peterborough are destined for the Championship.”
Evans and his coaching staff will be out and about tonight watching games.
Gillingham will have more of an idea of their position in the play-off hunt after this round of games. They are currently four points adrift with five to play.
Oxford, Ipswich, Charlton and Lincoln sit above them in the chase for sixth place - or better - and three of those are in midweek action. Accrington and Doncaster also play and both could move above the Gills. It’s a big night.
Worst case is that the Gills find themselves seven points adrift of the play-off places on Tuesday night.
Evans said: “It will be interesting when we see the league table at 10pm on Tuesday night as to if it is changed. There is a lot of pressure when you have to suddenly win games.
“One or two teams up there with huge resources such as Lincoln are finding that, same with Doncaster (who lost 4-1 at home to Wigan on Saturday). You have to find a way to handle that.
“We can’t effect what anyone else does on Tuesday or next Saturday, we just have to focus back on the training ground and let’s work really hard and really intelligently and get ready for Oxford.
“I am not interested in other clubs, managers or players, we have to focus on ourselves and we will see in the next few weeks if these clubs can handle those games in hand but there is no point in us thinking of that because if we lose at Oxford and Peterborough then our chances are probably gone.”