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Gillingham assistant boss David Kerslake reacts to a 2-1 win over Coventry City

Assistant boss David Kerslake believes the Gills are now on course to start making waves in League 1.

Winning by any means was the key on Saturday, which they did, after coming from behind to beat Coventry City 2-1.

The Gills travel to Chesterfield on Tuesday night and Kerslake is sure the players are close to showing their potential.

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Gillingham assistant manager David Kerslake Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham assistant manager David Kerslake Picture: Barry Goodwin

He said: “The result was the most important thing.

“We know we are nowhere near at our best football-wise, at the moment.

"We believe that if we continue to grind a few teams down, then once we do that, once or twice, the shackles will fall off the players and we will play with a bit more open spirit and better football.

“It is just a natural thing and then they will start to relax a bit.

“The important thing for everyone was three points.”

Coventry came close to equalising late on, with Nelson making a super injury-time save, but the Gills clung onto a precious win, taking them within four points of leaders Scunthorpe.

Kerslake said: “We have been conceding late goals and I am sure everyone had their heart in their mouth towards the end but we were certainly good for the three points.”

It was the fifth time this season the Gills have come from behind to win.

Kerslake said: “We have a decent habit of doing it but we certainly don’t want to be going behind before we start playing. It is an outstanding trait to have.

“I believe the squad we have now will push on and will try and get ourselves higher in the league and get on a nice little run, where everyone is enjoying the football. That will be the ambition.”

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