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Gillingham manager Steve Evans saluted the travelling fans who enjoyed a thriller at Blackpool

“I’d kiss them all!”

Gillingham manager Steve Evans was thrilled with the support his team got at Blackpool.

Steve Evans applauds the fans after their dramatic win at Blackpool Picture: Ady Kerry (29001892)
Steve Evans applauds the fans after their dramatic win at Blackpool Picture: Ady Kerry (29001892)

Numbers might have been low - 125 turned up to support the Gills - but on a cold February with tail-end of storm Ciara still causing problems on the roads and rails, it was no surprise.

Evans had already criticised the EFL pre-match for scheduling the midweek fixture, which meant many of those fans did the 560-mile round trip in one hit.

“If I could have kissed every one of them I would have done!” said the Gills boss, after his team had cinched a last-gasp win.

“I am not so sure some of the lads would have been pleased with that and infact I am not sure some of the ladies would either!

“I looked over to see the 125 who came up from Kent on a bitterly cold night, in adverse conditions with the wind and rain and it is incredible.”

It proved to be a roller-coaster evening for those that watched.

The Gills were a goal down after a poor first half, got themselves infront with two goals in the space of four minutes, before then conceding an equaliser in stoppage-time, only to then hit a winner in the final minute of added-on time.

Evans said: “Those fans were on the floor on 90+2 minutes or whatever it was and then jumping for joy on 94.

“I think one or two had gone off to their cars at 2-2 and came running back in, which was nice to see!

“We can only ever be thankful that people see us of worthy of travelling that distance but it is their club, it is not (chairman) Paul Scally’s club, not anyone else’s club, Gillingham Football Club is owned by the supporters.”

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