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Gillingham 1 Charlton Athletic 1: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Evans after Priestfield draw

Gillingham boss Steve Evans felt their overall performance on Tuesday night against Charlton was worthy of taking maximum points.

The Gills were up against it first half but a double substitution at the break and a tinker with the system turned the match on its head as visitors Charlton were put under pressure. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Evans said: “I don’t think there was a lot in it first half, they were better than us and moved it quicker, we were taking three touches when it should have been two and four when it should have been three, two when it should have been one, we didn’t really have any cohesion.

“We said the quality up to big Vadaine Oliver wasn’t where it should be and I felt the longer the half went there was a lack of penetration off him. They got a goal from a wicked deflection, it gave Jamie (Cumming the goalkeeper) no chance, but they are always going to cause you problems. The starting eleven is frightening never mind the 29-man squad.

“We went in at half time and I had already made my decision 15 minutes before to change it. We talked it through and spoke to the group and I just felt it would work and it did work."

Gerald Sithole and Danny Lloyd were introduced as Oliver was given extra support in attack.

Evans continued: “Second half, apart from a counter attack, where Jamie made a good save from one, then we came over the top of them. We were denied a penalty and if that is not a penalty then we will never get one and that is disappointing.”

The Gills felt they should have had a spot kick after a handball in the box.

Evans said: “Danny Lloyd did great with a shot that comes off the post and there were a few scrambles.

“We go away really pleased with the second half, more how we could play, but disappointed we didn’t win the game because we should win the game. If you take it in its totality.

“Charlton were a bit better than us first half, we didn’t look threatening, we missed that little touch and composure, but second half we asked the boys to believe and they did and we were by far the better side second half.

“I am very proud of the second half display, very disappointed we didn’t win the game and there was silence in the dressing room after.

“The boys said we can’t go from an average first half - we were outplayed in little spells but not totality - you can’t then go from that to outstanding. We were outstanding second half.

“That was a proper League 1 performance for us, the way I like my team to play. I don’t think I have got a lad in the dressing room who didn’t give everything including the lads who came off.

“We have drawn, we are disappointed, we needed three, but we will regroup and go to Oxford (this coming Saturday).”

Report: Gillingham 1 Charlton 1

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