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Gillingham 3 Ipswich Town 1: Match reaction from Gills assistant boss Paul Raynor


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Gillingham assistant manager Paul Raynor was thrilled with a performance against Ipswich Town that had a bit of everything.

The Gills had to work hard for their win, up against a team with a new manager onboard and a squad full of talent, but the goals that clinched them the points were well worked and well taken.

Raynor said: “Against the quality that Ipswich Town have got I would probably so that is the most satisfying win for us (this season) because it had a bit of everything, the real solid defensive performance. They scored with the one effort on goal they had but we were clinical with the ball, always a goal threat, defensively we were solid and I would say that it was the most complete performance of the season.

“We talked about imposing our game on them. We created chances and put in a dogged performance without the ball, we were very expansive with the ball and the second goal for Vadaine is absolutely fantastic, real quality. The ball from Jordan Graham and the cross (from Dempsey) and finish, real quality among that endeavour.

“We are extremely pleased. Ipswich are a top club in League 1 and probably the Championship and with a new manager in Paul Cook. We expected a reaction. We knew their boys would be looking to impress and we needed to stamp our authority. They started very well for the first five or 10 minutes and after we got the breakthrough (with Jack Tucker's seventh minute strike) I thought we were absolutely magnificent.

“I want to talk about how hard we worked defensively and how hard we worked winning the first contact and the second balls, allowing us to get up the pitch, that was important. We didn’t allow Ipswich to impose their game on us. They can do that against anyone in League 1, they are a real handful and their last four or five results they have had before Paul Cook came in have been as good as anyone in the division. We were wary of that but it was about us, about the quality that we had and the three finishes from us were absolutely magnificent.”

Gillingham defender Jack Tucker opens the scoring Picture: Andy Jones
Gillingham defender Jack Tucker opens the scoring Picture: Andy Jones

It’s back to back wins for the Gills now and three unbeaten as their play-off dream has started to look a bit more realistic.

“We are getting some consistency in the performances now,” Raynor said.

“We don't always get the results we deserve, we deserved three against Portsmouth (last Saturday). That second half we just never took the chances.

"It is the consistency of the whole performance and the intensity in how we play with and without the ball and we were more of a goal threat now, we are scoring goals, we are more solid, we are stopping teams playing their normal games. We are really delighted but will keep our feet on the ground and get ready for Fleetwood (on Tuesday).”

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