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Gillingham midfielder Billy Bingham says players enjoy working under caretaker manager Steve Lovell


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Billy Bingham is delighted to see the momentum building under Steve Lovell.

The interim boss picked a side which won at Peterborough on Saturday and came close to taking all three points off leaders Wigan on Tuesday.

Defensive midfielder Bingham said: “Getting the three points (on Saturday) was massive, for morale and confidence, that is natural.

Billy Bingham. Picture: Andy Jones
Billy Bingham. Picture: Andy Jones

“We knew we were in for a tough test on Tuesday. We grew a little bit and it was a big point.

“The first 10 minutes they came at us and we realised we were in for a proper game. They passed the ball well but we changed shape and from then we got stuck in and got a few chances.

“We held our own and in the changing room we were a bit disappointed we didn’t get the three points.

“We did have to graft and that’s No.1 really. We have to do that every game to get out of the situation.

“We defended well and created some chances and could have scored two or three. That’s where we are a bit gutted we didn’t get the three points.”

Like many of the players, Bingham has enjoyed playing under Lovell.

He said: “(Lovell) has come in, done it his way. He wants us to attack with high intensity but also make sure we are defending and being aware that we have to be a defensive unit as well. It is working.

“He has had a couple of days with us before Saturday and then a day before the Wigan game. The boys have taken to him and we are enjoying it. We will see where we go from there.”

Bingham’s own season has been held up by injury, only just returning from a few weeks sidelined by concussion.

He said: “I got an elbow against Shrewsbury and I think I was concussed from that, I didn’t realise. I got headed on the Friday (in training) the day before the game (at Oxford) and I couldn’t see out of my left eye. It took ages to go.

“I tried forcing my way back. I felt sick after a game (at Rochdale) and realised I still wasn’t right.

“It was a bit of a nightmare because I felt I could play, there was nothing wrong, really. I was getting a few headaches but you have to be careful with it.

“Everyone is aware of head injuries these days and health does come first. I had to make sure I was right before I came back. I had a brain scan because the symptoms were lasting longer than usual. That gives you the mental edge to know you’re all right.”

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