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Gillingham manager Steve Evans delighted with the reception he got at former club Peterborough United

Gillingham boss Steve Evans left Peterborough disappointed about the result on Saturday but loved the reception he received.

Evans spent just under a year at the London Road club as manager, receiving the sack last January, despite Posh sitting sixth in the League 1 table.

Steve Evans enjoyed the reception he got on his return to London Road Picture: Ady Kerry
Steve Evans enjoyed the reception he got on his return to London Road Picture: Ady Kerry

He has been a resident of the city for around 30 years, has family who are Posh fans and says he will forever be one himself.

Speaking on Monday, he said: “I would like to thank the supporters for the reception I got and to all of the staff behind the scenes at Peterborough United, for the warmness and affection they showed. They are all really good people.”

The Gills drew the game 0-0 but had numerous chances first half to eke out a lead.

Evans said: “I went back home disappointed that we hadn’t won the game.

Steve Evans made his first return to London Road as manager since being sacked by Peterborough United Picture: Ady Kerry
Steve Evans made his first return to London Road as manager since being sacked by Peterborough United Picture: Ady Kerry

“At half-time I was thinking, a bit like West Ham, we need to score and had Ivan Toney scored that last minute chance then I would be thinking about the first half, not the mistake Jack Tucker made (in the lead up to Toney’s chance). It’s no point people looking at him, what about the chances in the first half?”

Evans added: “I watched the Sky highlights and it showed that chance and Ivan Toney’s diving header and nothing else!

“I thought, what game were they at? The guy who did the edits for that game must have been part of Ivan’s fanclub!”


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