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Gillingham caretaker Peter Taylor reacts to their 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers

Peter Taylor was amazed that the Gills didn’t get a goal at Blackburn.

The temporary boss watched on as his team pushed right until the final whistle.

Gillingham caretaker manager Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham caretaker manager Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin

He said: “We carried on the work-rate from Tuesday (against Scunthorpe).

“We knew we were playing against an excellent football team, with excellent players that have played in top leagues, we knew there would be times in the game where we would be under a lot of pressure and that’s exactly how it was.

“Blackburn played some wonderful football at times and we had to have good shape, otherwise they would have just opened us up too easily.

Report: Blackburn Rovers 1 Gillingham 0

"I felt as though we did that quite well. “Every now and again in the first half I felt like we got the ball and played with a bit of belief and that was encouraging. Second half I felt we were a bit better.

“I didn’t think they (Blackburn) created half as much in the second half than they did in the first and I felt that we had a bit of joy. I am probably a bit amazed that we haven’t scored a goal.

“I can only give credit to the players because when you go to a place like Blackburn, where a team passes the ball so well, sometimes you can cave in but I didn’t think we did. We stayed believing that we could get something out of the game.”

The goal that won it was scored by Dominic Samuel as the Gills failed to deal with a corner.

“It’s a very disappointing goal that we have conceded,” Taylor said.

“It’s a set-piece and someone has let somebody head the ball too easily. We got punished for that.It is all about getting that first touch and unfortunately for us Blackburn got the first touch, which is why the man was in the area to control the ball.

“It was a disappointing goal to concede but it happens.”

The Gills boss added: “I can’t praise the players enough. They put in a lot of work.”

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