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Gillingham manager Steve Evans not fussed where their points come from as long as they mount up

Anywhere will do for Gillingham manager Steve Evans, after picking up his first away win of the season.

Gills took maximum points from Accrington after Regan Charles-Cook’s second-half goal.

Gills boss Steve Evans claimed his first away win of the League 1 season on Saturday Picture: Ady Kerry
Gills boss Steve Evans claimed his first away win of the League 1 season on Saturday Picture: Ady Kerry

Saturday’s victory leaves Evans’ men 15th in the League 1 table.

“I keep listening to people talk about it being our first away win but I don’t think it matters where you get the points,” said Evans.

“You want your first away win, we’ve got that now, you want clean sheets as well but it’s just important that we get points accumulated because results have not returned the points that the performances have merited.

“The performances, in large, have been very good. I was sitting with (Shrewsbury manager) Sam Ricketts the other night and he said to me in the office, over a beer, ‘we have got a point but we should have been three or four down’.

“We saw what happened against Peterborough (losing 2-1). We should certainly have got something from that game. Anything you get in this league has to be earned, everything does.”

Gillingham aren’t far away from a compacted mid-table section in the division, just four points adrift of seventh place, albeit having played more games than those teams knocking on the door of the play-off positions.

But with just one defeat in their last five league outings, Evans is content with how things are going.

“We are getting nearer to where we want to be,” said the Scot.

“Top 10 is our aim and then we can have a look and see what we need to do.”

While the Gills boss was able to tick off his first away win at the club on Saturday, he said: “You can never tell in football, I had eight (away wins) last season at the same stage and a club record at Peterborough, but some of our away performances (here) have been very good.

“There have been too many draws, five or six, and probably 90% of them there would be no disputing we should be winning the game.”

Gills were backed by 254 away fans for the long trip north, coming just days after a midweek visit to Shrewsbury, on the Welsh border.

Evans appreciated their efforts, saying: “Thanks to every Gillingham fan who made the journey, with horrendous weather conditions across the country.

“You could see what it meant to every one of them as we came off.”

It is as tough a place as any in the league, if not the toughest.”

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