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Manager Steve Lovell says FA Cup win over Slough shows Gillingham are on the right path

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell believes Sunday’s FA Cup win is another step in the right direction.

The performance at Slough might not have been up there with the best, but victory in the second round tie kept the wins coming.

Lovell’s men have now won six of their last 10 games in all competitions. Half of those have come in the league.

Steve Lovell's side have won six of their last 10 matches Picture: Ady Kerry
Steve Lovell's side have won six of their last 10 matches Picture: Ady Kerry

The Gills boss said: “The results have turned around and results do give confidence to players.

“If you get your squad back fully fit, which we have done, it helps.

“Sunday’s game was a one-off, an FA Cup tie, and as we have known in the past anything can happen. We just didn’t want that anything to happen to us and fortunately we avoided it.

“The boys put in a great shift and we won the game.

“We are starting to win games and that is what matters. We take this as another win, go onto Scunthorpe on Saturday (in the league).

“Hopefully get a result there and keep it going, keep winning until we play the third round and then we might have a chance of winning, it doesn’t matter who we play.

“We knew how hard it would be. You are on a hiding for nothing when you go to non-league grounds, and I have been in that position before where we have lost games against non-league opposition.

“The onus is on us to win and for Slough it was like their FA Cup final. For them to have won would have been a massive shock and they haven’t caused an upset.”

Three of Gillingham’s youngsters have agreed month-long youth loan deals.

Danny Divine and Henry Woods have both joined Sittingbourne while defender Jack Tucker has moved to Hastings United, who like Sittingbourne play in Bostik South East. All three deals run until December 31.

Divine has recently returned back from injury, having dislocated his shoulder in the pre-season game at Sheppey. Woods made his first-team debut in the match against Crawley Town in the Checkatrade Trophy while Tucker has already made a handful of appearances for the senior side.

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