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Gillingham midfielder Scott Wagstaff won't dwell on Gillingham's 'FIFA-like' 7-5 win over Reading under-21s

By Craig Tucker

Scott Wagstaff wants to forget all about Gillingham’s 12-goal thriller against Reading under-21s.

Gills’ 7-5 victory may live long in the memories of supporters but for senior players like Wagstaff, it’s one to erase.

He said: “I think I’ll just try and forget about it! For the younger lads it’ll be good to analyse it and look at where we could improve but a few of the older lads want to get that one out the way.

Scott Wagstaff in possession against Reading under-21s Picture: Andy Payton
Scott Wagstaff in possession against Reading under-21s Picture: Andy Payton

“We’ve got the minutes under our belt and some good game time and that’s the main thing for us.”

Wagstaff set up the first two goals and scored the third himself as Gills dominated the first half.

He was also instrumental in the second half, setting up Noel Mbo on his Gills debut.

He said: “I played in an 8-2 against Walsall a couple of years ago and that was a strange game. This was like a game of FIFA, 7-5.

“After the first half I thought we dominated and looked good but we switched off a little bit at the back and in midfield as well and they scored three unanswered goals, which isn’t great.

“It’s frustrating for all of us, especially when we played so well first half."

Wagstaff was part of the Bristol City side who won the competition – then known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – in 2015.

He’d love to go on another run after Gills qualified from Group B with a 100% record, guaranteeing a home draw in the knockout stages.

Wagstaff said: “It’s great to go on a cup run. I’ve been there before and I’ve won this cup which was great, it’s a great day out if you can get yourselves to Wembley. I think we played Gills in the area final.

“It’s a great occasion. If we can keep this run going, it’s a great day out for the fans and the fans will fill it out, I’m sure of that.”

Read the full interview in Thursday's Medway Messenger.

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