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Gillingham first team coach Steve Lovell reacts to defeat against MK Dons


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Losing at the death to MK Dons was ‘sickening’ said Gillingham first team coach Steve Lovell.

The Gills almost had a point in the bag, with a last minute goal, but then conceded again in stoppage-time to lose 3-2.

Lovell said: “To concede near-enough in the last minute of the game, again, is unbelievable. It’s sickening.

Bradley Dack shows his frustration Picture: Ady Kerry
Bradley Dack shows his frustration Picture: Ady Kerry

“We spent a while in the dressing room afterwards, getting things sorted, it’s happened too many times this year. You can’t start a game like we did.”

Report: MK Dons 3 Gillingham 2

Gillingham had an uphill task after conceding twice in the first 10 minutes.

“It’s the same old things,” Lovell said.

“The players have to look at themselves. We train and prepare all week for their roles and responsibilities and when they go out onto the pitch on a Saturday we can’t do anything about it.

Josh Wright makes it 2-2 but the Gills lose moments later Picture: Ady Kerry
Josh Wright makes it 2-2 but the Gills lose moments later Picture: Ady Kerry

“The first goal was in the top corner, nobody is going to stop that, but the second it was just knife through butter, straight through the middle. People are not taking responsibility.

“We work during the week and then on a Saturday it goes out the window. That cost us the game.”

The Gills switched formation for the second half and pulled a goal back through Cody McDonald. Josh Wright levelled late on but MK Dons won it at the death.

Cody McDonald is fouled as the Gills win a penalty Picture: Ady Kerry
Cody McDonald is fouled as the Gills win a penalty Picture: Ady Kerry

Lovell said: “If we play like we did second half in the first half then we win the game. That is the frustrating thing. Same at Coventry. If we play like we do second half in the first we win.

“It is the way the boys are starting, they are going out there and I don’t know, are they mentally strong enough?

“They dug in and had a go second half. We could have had a couple more goals but to lose in the last minute is a travesty, it’s terrible.”

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