Published: 17:00, 31 July 2021
| Updated: 08:23, 01 August 2021
Gillingham boss Steve Evans admitted not many of those starting Saturday’s game at Leyton Orient did enough.
But it was all about giving players a chance at League 2 Orient for Evans with a week to go before the League 1 campaign begins.
“It was a good test,” said the Gills manager. “The first half team who played 60-70 minutes looked a bit disjointed and in need of some minutes for some of them, which is why we did it.
“If you break it down to goals the first one if a clear foul, he is not a good referee for me, it is simply a foul, second goal we got caught out not tracking a midfield runner.
“I didn’t think there was anyone in that first half group shouting at me saying 'I should be playing against Lincoln' (for the first game of the season).
“When we made the changes we became totally dominant in open play.”
Evans made nine changes with 20 minutes to go as the likes of captain Kyle Dempsey and striker Vadaine Oliver were introduced.
The manager said: “As soon as we made the changes, apart from one counter attack, the game switched. Kenny Jackett (the Orient manager) said that, the game flipped.
“People will fall by the wayside and that happens in every group, I am sure Kenny will have one or two he is disappointed in.
“You could see that maybe no more than one or two in that first half team will play against Lincoln.”