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Manager Steve Evans wants Gillingham players training on their usual day off after Wimbledon defeat

Manager Steve Evans says he’ll have his Gillingham players training on their normal day off after Tuesday’s damaging defeat.

The Gills put in a disappointing first half performance against Wimbledon - a side fighting relegation - and despite a better second 45 they were unable to find the net and lost to a late goal.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans wants his players in for extra training
Gillingham manager Steve Evans wants his players in for extra training

Evans was furious at his team’s poor performance, particularly in the opening half, and wants the players in training today (Wednesday).

He said: “We will train Wednesday. They normally have a day off, but no days off. If they want to turn up and only want to run for 45 minutes then they will run for 45 (on Wednesday) to make up for the 90.

“That first half was why we lost the game. We didn’t play with any urgency, that’s not the way we play at all. We lost to a poor side.”

Evans said he wasn’t able to repeat his half-time words at Wimbledon. He made a double change and with a switch in formation got a reaction. He didn’t get the result, however.

He said: “We are not a bottom four side but they looked like one (in the first half).

“We got a reaction but we shouldn't have to be concerned before the game about people being quiet and people not being lively.”

The Gills did improve but the goals didn’t come, with Evans commenting: “We have done enough second half to win three games. You have to take those chances.”

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