Published: 18:00, 14 December 2019
| Updated: 09:34, 15 December 2019
Standards dropped for the Gills on Saturday, admitted boss Steve Evans.
He was disappointed to see some key men fail to maintain the high levels they have been producing in recent weeks.
It took a late goal from Alex Jakubiak to clinch a point.
“We have left two points behind,” said the Gills boss.
“The rationale is that we were a notch down in some key areas of the pitch, perhaps that’s people thinking we’ve got a settled team and they are going to play.
“Secondly you can’t make a mistake like that and not concede a goal with the quality of the Fleetwood front boys, having said that they got a bit of fortune the boys scuffs the shot and it’s a lethal finish from Paddy Madden.
“I don’t think we did reach our level. A lot of it comes through certain players that give us that little benchmark to start. We didn’t really get going in key areas.
“Young Tom O’Connor had his poorest game at the club in a while and I said to him he looked really tired late on and that was why we introduced Ben.”
Fleetwood got infront after capitalising on a slip from Jack Tucker.
Evans made changes to personnel with 20 minutes left and changed to a more attacking formation. It paid off.
The manager said: “We equalised with a really good finish from Alex and only a really good block by the defender from Ben Pringle denied him a tap-in. It clipped his heel and goes wide.
“We were unfortunate not to get a second one.
“We have been a step down and we measure it on ourselves. If we had come up against a good Fleetwood Town performance we would take it right on the chin, but we didn’t do that, we just weren’t at it.
“But having said that there was nothing in the game until we make an absolutely terrible error and they score a goal from it. You want a reaction from a group of boys in the dressing room and a response and we have that in abundance.”
Evans also gave those fans who travelled a mention, saying: “Thanks to every one of the fans who came up on such an horrendous day as well (weather-wise). They were unlucky not to see the winner, but they did see a special goal, one worthy of winning a game.”
More by this authorLuke Cawdell
This website and its associated newspaper are members of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO)