Published: 06:00, 08 April 2021
Gillingham boss Steve Evans isn’t too worried about their play-off rivals having games in hand.
The Gills are four points adrift of the play-off race with six games to go but all of the teams competing for a top-six place have extra matches to play.
Blackpool, who beat the Gills 4-1 on Monday, have three extra games to play, as do Lincoln City, who currently occupy sixth spot. Charlton and Ipswich - who sit in the positions above the Gills - have eight games left and Doncaster Rovers - a place and a point behind Evans’ men - have nine remaining.
Gillingham could even be overtaken by Accrington (11th) and Oxford United (12th) if they win games in hand but as Evans points out, many of the teams will be playing each other and by no means do games in hand mean guarantee points.
Evans said: “Yes, one or two have games in hand, but they can’t beat each other and I am not so sure they are going to beat the teams they play either.
“Statistics tell you that in the last few weeks those games in hand are drawn, they win, they lose, we are very much in this mix with six to go.”
The Gills host Shrewsbury on Saturday before many of their rivals go again in midweek. The true picture may not be known until the end of the month, however, when Evans’ side sit and watch again as teams play catch-up during a midweek set of fixtures.
Some of those play-off teams have Tuesday-Saturday until the end of the season. The Gills will hope to be still in the mix when they host Plymouth Argyle on the last day of the season, on Saturday, May 8.