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Gillingham 2 Wimbledon 1: Reaction from Gills boss Neil Harris

Manager Neil Harris praised the character of his Gillingham side for their comeback win against Wimbledon on Saturday.

The Dons went infront after 52 minutes but the Gills quickly responded through Max Ehmer’s close-range finish and won it thanks to Cheye Alexander’s edge-of-the-area volley.

Harris said: “The players showed great character to come back from 1-0 down, great personality in the group. Momentum and belief is high and it’s a wonderful position for me to be in after taking Tim Dieng and Tom Nichols off through to injury in the first 40 minutes and putting on Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien.

“We bounced back and I thought we were by far the better team during the second half anyway and they scored against the run of play.

“When you concede you can sometimes melt and not respond in the correct manner. I haven’t got to panic, I haven't got to think about subs immediately, I can take my time and wait and see how the lads respond and we did, we bounced straight back.

“It’s four wins in a row here at Priestfield, again the place is bouncing, an opportunity for myself and the players to celebrate with the fans, everyone goes home happy and hopefully everyone comes back Tuesday night (at home against Bradford).”

Harris’ men went a goal down as Ali Al-Hamadi ran through to score with 52 minutes gone, timing his run to stay onside.

The manager said: “I was more disappointed with the build-up and how we had the ball and we had spare bodies behind it and we still conceded, so I was disappointed with the goal in that manner.

“I don’t want to concede goals like that but we scored two good goals in our own right, Cheye’s volley was outstanding, even with a little deflection and the movement for the first goal and the delivery was just quality play. The lads responded brilliantly.”

Gillingham level as Max Ehmer pounces from close-range Picture: Keith Gillard
Gillingham level as Max Ehmer pounces from close-range Picture: Keith Gillard

There was little of note from the opening half, other than the injuries to Dieng (head) and Nichols (ankle).

Harris said: “I was really pleased with the character in the first half because it was a stop-start game, it was a bizarre first half, very random indeed but after every restart we came out on top for the next few minutes and again it shows the mentality and the character in the group.”

That confidence in the team is coming through scoring goals - the ability to come from behind in matches. It's something they didn't have earlier this season.

Harris pointed to Salford at home for example, where they lost 3-0 in early December.

He said: "For 58 minutes we were brilliant, just couldn't score, we had a goal disallowed, hit the woodwork, keeper saved, they didn’t have a shot, but we conceded a worldie on 58 and were 3-0 down after 65. That is the difference in mentality.

"We concede now and you can see the disappointment in the team and the frustration but the boys at the back know we are going to score a goal at any given moment, that just comes with belief and confidence and trust and a massive thing is camaraderie and chemistry in the changing room.

"It is a great place to be at the moment."

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