Published: 08:00, 16 October 2020
| Updated: 09:24, 16 October 2020
Gillingham manager Steve Evans believes a happy team makes a winning team.
Striker Vadaine Oliver spoke last week about a chemistry in the dressing room that is rare to find and Evans is delighted the players are working as one.
He said: “We have got a young group, it is a very motivated group and I read Vadaine’s words last week, there seems to be a chemistry between them that works.
“Every day in the dressing room you hear the laughing, the banter and the screams that are going on and that is young men enjoying their work.
“We have to get them to the stage where they really enjoy coming to work and the sooner you do that you have more chance of winning.”
It’s paying off so far with Gillingham heading into the weekend sitting fourth in the League 1 table with three wins from five.
They travel to bottom placed MK Dons this weekend but Evans won’t be reading anything into their opponent’s unwanted position.
He said: “When you can bring Scott Fraser and Cameron Jerome into the building, they are just full of talented players, they are a really good side and will be comfortably top half of the table.
“But it will be about what we do. If we turn up and just the type of performance that we put in against Oxford it may be resolute and strong but we will need to do a lot more to get something on Saturday.”
Evans’ young team haven’t got the familiar names like Jerome in their side, an experienced striker who commanded big fees with moves to Birmingham and Stoke earlier in his career.
Fellow forward Kieran Agard, who is currently out with a knee injury, is a player Evans tried to bring to Gillingham.
“They won’t know our players will they?” he said.
“They won’t know Medley, they won’t know Coyle, they won’t know Robertson and they certainly won’t know the two Coventry boys, Eccles and Drysdale, these are kids that have been plucked from other clubs.
“Unless you get in your car yourself and get out and see these kids you will never sign them because you couldn’t recruit on someone recommending them, you would have to go and see them yourself because they are that young and inexperienced.”
Evans is hoping to make a final addition to his squad before the transfer window closes on Friday but admits a number of other clubs are trying to sign the same player.
The manager will have extra options this week as Kyle Dempsey and Scott Robertson have both trained this week. Tom O’Connor has also returned from international duty.
“It is nice to have options and good options,” the manager added.