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Gillingham boss Steve Evans felt his side edged the match against his former side Peterborough United

Steve Evans was disappointed his side didn’t take the opportunity to claim an unexpected scalp on Saturday.

The Gills manager was up against his former club and watched his side boss the first half, missing some golden chances, before Posh became more of a force after the break.

Gills manager on the touchline at Peterborough Picture: Ady Kerry
Gills manager on the touchline at Peterborough Picture: Ady Kerry

Report: Peterborough 0 Gillingham 0

In windy conditions, the Gills had some great chances to pull off a shock result against a team who many fancy for promotion from League 1 this season.

Evans said: “The conditions played a part, there was a strong wind down the pitch and on another day we could have gone three up. Darren (Ferguson, the Peterborough manager) is going to get a reaction because they are a team full of good players and that is what he got.

“Two or three of our lads thought O’Keefe’s shot (just before the break) looked in all the way until the last second, it hit the outside of the post and we probably expect Brandon (Hanlan) to put it in (following up from Jordan Roberts’ effort against the bar) but we are unfortunate as it comes off the underside of the bar.

“I think if we go in front we win the game but you can never tell, they have so many gifted players in the attacking areas but we gave as good as we got.

“If we can now go and win our home game (against Oxford next week) it will be a very good point at London Road. That is a difficult game though and they are the best team I have seen in League 1.”

Evans said a season’s best performances was needed to win and his team had Peterborough on the ropes first half.

“First half was close to it,” the manager said.

“We should turn comfortably in front (at the break), it was one-way traffic and we have the two headers (off the bar), then we have a diving header (from Hanlan) where perhaps we should score.

“We didn’t alter our team-talk at half time, we just said go out and be courageous. We were against a bit of a wind but still tried to play. We still looked menacing and threatening.”

Peterborough had some good chances late on, with Ivan Toney through on goal in the last seconds. He put the chance wide and appealed for a penalty as Jack Tucker looked to put him under pressure.

“It’s not a penalty,” said Evans, who added: “Interesting, after Wimbledon, but I have looked back and the referee (Kevin Johnson) has called it right.

“Had it called it then we would have been very aggrieved. I think Peterborough’s best spell came when they introduced Marcus Maddison, an outstanding talent and when he gets on the ball he gives us a problem. Last 10 minutes he drifted a bit because we allocated someone to deal with him and Alfie Jones dealt with him very effectively.”

Concluding, Evans said: “I am disappointed we have taken a point, in saying that you talk about the incident in the last seconds with Ivan Toney. He is a very honest kid, he isn’t going to go down easy, he is a brilliant lad, but they hit the bar as well.

“A draw isn’t fair, we should have won the game, but we had enormous respect and we could have lost it 1-0 because they have that piece of quality in the attacking areas.”


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