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Reaction from Gillingham boss Ady Pennock after 2-1 defeat to Coventry City

Disappointed head coach Ady Pennock was left frustrated after more bad defending cost the Gills.

His team were facing a two-goal deficit against bottom side Coventry after a woeful first half.

Pennock’s men picked it up after the break but the task proved too big, losing the game 2-1.

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Gills head coach Ady Pennock watches on at the Ricoh Arena Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gills head coach Ady Pennock watches on at the Ricoh Arena Picture: Barry Goodwin

Report: Coventry City 2 Gillingham 1

“I’m bitterly disappointed,” said the Gills boss, who was critical of his team’s defending in the week.

“Again, they can’t defend to save their lives and you may as well play the same recorder. We gave away two goals and it’s disappointing.

“They won every second ball in the first half and I have seen the goals. They have got a centre forward in the middle of the six yard box and it happened twice. We don’t get that. We don’t get that at all.

“Their defenders are throwing their bodies at it and we don’t get any tap-ins. That was the difference.

“First half we gave them time all over the pitch, second half we didn’t and we played much better.

“There was some good football being played and we were very unfortunate not to get a result.

“It was chalk and cheese but in the second half it didn’t fall for us.”

The Gills had a goal ruled out after Rory Donnelly had netted and Pennock felt the decision was harsh.

He said: “We’ve seen a replay and there was a free-kick given for a push from Jackson but the lad just fell over and so it could have been a draw.”

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