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Bristol Rovers 0 Gillingham 2: Gills boss Steve Evans says his side could have won League 1 clash by more


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Gillingham manager Steve Evans got the reaction he demanded and his only complaint was that they should have beaten Bristol Rovers by more.

The Gills slipped up against Exeter City in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Evans admitting he got things wrong himself in that defeat, but they bounced back at the Memorial Ground with Vadaine Oliver scoring twice to see off the hosts.

"We were super," said the Gills boss. "We dominated form the first whistle to the last and that is a good sign.

"The only disappointing thing is that we were not three ahead at half time.

"In fairness to the boys, we carried on from the last 25 minutes against Exeter, when we were totally dominant. We had a different game plan for a different opposition.

"Paul Tisdale (the Rovers boss) has come in as their new manager and I travelled at the weekend to watch them win by six (in the FA Cup against Darlington) and it could have been 12. We did some work to combat them and I knew Brandon (Hanlan, the former Gills striker) would come in. I realised he was fit again.

"We set about our business. The only disappointing aspect if that we didn't score a lot more goals, particular in the first half when we missed three or four good chances, but we had lots of energy, lots of supporting play and you have to give credit to the players. We asked and demanded a reaction and they gave us one. It is good to watch us like that."

Oliver's two goals won it for the Gills and Evans felt he could have had more.

"I said to him, he should have had three or four and he knows it, but the fantastic thing you get and I say it in a kind way, he is a big 6ft 3inch Yorkshire lad who will run through a brick wall if you ask him and he will go back in if he misses a chance.

"We said to him at half time, 'keep going into the box.' Our two goals were fantastic to see.

"It was a great through ball from Tucker (for the first). He picked him out and the second goal, if you are looking at counter attacking that is counter attacking at Premier League level, it was a wonderful move down the right and a ball in from Dempsey and when it goes in like that for Vadaine Oliver you think he is going to win it."

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