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Gillingham keeper Stuart Nelson says team cannot afford to feel sorry for the themselves

Gillingham keeper Stuart Nelson knows the team can’t let Tuesday’s setback get them down.

Gills conceded a last-gasp goal to surrender the lead against second-bottom Chesterfield, leaving them just four points above the League 1 drop zone.

A trip to bottom-placed Coventry now awaits on Saturday.

Stuart Nelson
Stuart Nelson

Speaking after the midweek draw, Nelson said: “I am gutted because that is the best we have played since the new manager has come in.

“I was so frustrated. But we have to deal with it, sort ourselves out, dust ourselves off and go again because we have game after game.

“It’s no point going to Coventry and feeling sorry for ourselves because they are fighting for their lives. They are a massive club in this division and we will have to fight harder. It is going to be a battle.

“It might be about getting a job done. We need to get a result and if it’s crash-bang-wallop football and not pretty, it doesn’t matter. We have to get a result.”

Despite his frustrations, Nelson, who was booked at the end of the game for questioning the referee’s time-keeping, was pleased to see the Gills improving, albeit slowly.

“We are fighting hard to get better,” said the 35-year-old. “We want the progress to be quick and we all wanted us to get three points, then another three points and another, along with clean sheets. That’s an ideal world but we don’t live in an ideal world."

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