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Gillingham 2 AFC Wimbledon 1: Manager Steve Evans thrilled at the quality goals scored by his team at Priestfield

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Gillingham manager Steve Evans was in awe of the two goals that his team scored to see off AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

He was thrilled with the passing and movement for both as captain Kyle Dempsey netted the first and Dominic Samuel volleyed home what turned out to be the winner.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans pleased with the quality of goals against Wimbledon
Gillingham manager Steve Evans pleased with the quality of goals against Wimbledon

Evans said: “It was a good competitive game and if those two goals were in the Premier League and played on Match of the Day people would be raving about them.

“The vision of Jordan Graham to see the run of Kyle on the blind side for the first one, after eight or nine passes, that sets him free and rips them to shreds.

“The second one is then a great finish from Dominic and it is training ground work that produced the two goals.

“I thought we were industrious, we worked hard, they were much better than they were last year and they beat us twice, they shouldn't have done, they shouldn't have got a point but they got six.

“I think we edged it and we’ll take the three points.

“There were some honest players on that pitch for Wimbledon, the boy Joe Pigott is a Gillingham fan, Alex Woodyard is a great kid we had at Posh and big Ollie Palmer, lots of lads I know, they are honest but we edged it and we deserved to win.

“The disappointing thing is that when we have total dominance (at 1-0) we didn’t get the second. If we had we would have beaten them very easily but there are no easy points in this league. They have big characters like Woodyard and Pigott, like Ben Heneghan, they fight and scrap and they got themselves into the game but the goals we scored were special.

“The pleasing aspect, something we have been working on in August and September, with the passing and movement around the box, that got us the two goals, that is starting to come. Things are starting to progress for us.”

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