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Gillingham boss Steve Evans believes his side did enough to beat Colchester United in the EFL Trophy

Gillingham boss Steve Evans believed his team could have won more than one game with the amount of chances they created on Tuesday.

His team scored twice but conceded three against Colchester United as they tasted defeat in their opening EFL Trophy group game.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans with assistant Paul Raynor Picture: Ady Kerry (16098694)
Gillingham boss Steve Evans with assistant Paul Raynor Picture: Ady Kerry (16098694)

Report: Gillingham 2 Colchester 3

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Evans said: “We made enough chances, got into enough good areas and had enough possession to win a couple of games, but I am not going to worry about it.

“They have had four efforts on goal and I think defensively we have helped a bit to get their goals. We had to work hard for ours. That is disappointing.

"The plus side is that a number of players got minutes on the pitch that was needed and it tells us a bit more about one or two that we needed to know.

“They (Colchester) took their chances well, the first one is a mistake, it’s a gift, we get level and we should turn (in at half-time) 3-1 up.”

Mikael Mandron wins the ball Picture: Ady Kerry (16099736)
Mikael Mandron wins the ball Picture: Ady Kerry (16099736)

Mikael Mandron drew praise from the Gills boss post-match but Evans felt that he could have got a goal before the break.

He said: “We talk about Mika Mandron but he misses a couple of good chances to put us infront before half-time.

“They get the second goal, we were poor defensively, we stand off and let him (Theo Robinson) have a free strike into the far corner and the third goal we have given away on a counter attack very cheaply.”

Gillingham debutant Joe Walsh Picture: Ady Kerry (16099738)
Gillingham debutant Joe Walsh Picture: Ady Kerry (16099738)

Mandron pulled it back to 3-2, heading home from a corner, and the Gills finished strongly without getting on level terms again.

Evans said: “It’s obviously very noticeable that when we make the three substitutions how much stronger we become very quickly.

“The benchmark to get into that first team has certainly risen and we are trying to get players signed that we think can help that further.”

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