Published: 18:00, 20 February 2021
| Updated: 18:28, 20 February 2021
Goalkeeper Jack Bonham bounced back from a costly midweek error and assistant boss Paul Raynor was delighted.
Bonham’s mistake led to a Peterborough fightback on Tuesday night but the usually reliable custodian was back to his best when called upon in a 2-0 win over his former team Bristol Rovers.
“I am delighted for Jack Bonham,” said the Gillingham assistant manager.
“He got some criticism for a soft goal against Peterborough, because that is not like him, he has had some good games for us and is a very assured keeper. We love what he does and what he brings to to the team.
“He got a clean sheet and we are delighted for him.”
The Gills did ride their luck a little in the first half against Rovers, with the visitors twice hitting the woodwork, but got it together after the break to see off the League 1 strugglers.
Raynor felt they were worthy of the win in the end and said: “We were a bit unfortunate in the Peterborough and the Lincoln game. We got a bit fed up with people telling us how great we were in the first half against Peterborough and how we didn’t deserve the Lincoln result (losing 3-0). Everyone could see that on the TV.
“We are delighted we got what we deserved (against Bristol Rovers). We got the three points and that is all that matters in the end.”
Bonham played in goal for Rovers on their previous visit to Priestfield, on loan with them from Brentford in March 2019. His team won 1-0 that day. Rovers wanted to make the move permanent but he joined the Gills ahead of the 2019/20 season on a two-year deal and has been first-choice keeper ever since.
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