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Gillingham players have no excuses, says striker Brandon Hanlan

By Luke Cawdell

Striker Brandon Hanlan knows the players need to put things right.

Boss Steve Lovell said his Gillingham team let him down on Saturday and the fans weren’t happy either.

A 2-0 home loss to Shrewsbury keeps their League 1 safety in the balance with four games left.

Gillingham's Brandon Hanlan closes down Shrewsbury's Omar Beckles on Saturday. Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham's Brandon Hanlan closes down Shrewsbury's Omar Beckles on Saturday. Picture: Ady Kerry

“It wasn’t good enough from minute one,” Hanlan accepted.

“Nothing clicked, it just wasn’t a good day and it’s not good enough, no excuses.

“We need to realise that we are still not safe. We have to just put it behind us and focus on Friday (at home to Plymouth) and think about that because we can be safe this time next week.”

Hanlan was named man-of-the-match by sponsor’s MEMS – who before the game were announced as Gills’ main sponsors for the next three years – and he was also singled out by the manager for praise.

He was one of only two players to be named by Steve Lovell, the other being Mark Byrne. A good game, personally, counted for nothing, however.

Hanlan said: “We are a team and we need to do it as a team. We need to get together and put this behind us and just focus on Friday.

“We definitely need to put on a great performance against Plymouth because we need it as a club. We need to do it as a team and for the gaffer because three points is very crucial.

“I feel in the next two games we can definitely pick up six points. We have to put what happened behind us and just focus on the coming weeks.

“I don’t feel safe, not just yet, it is very tight around the bottom.

“One win would definitely put us in a much better position. The two wins would definitely secure us a spot in league 1 for next season.”

Asked how he felt about the manager saying his team had let him down, Hanlan said: “I totally agree.

“On the pitch the performance wasn’t good enough and as a team we need to look at that, we need to come in Monday and put it right.”

Barry Fuller added to that on twitter, saying: “(The) result really hurts, a totally unacceptable performance. We have to be better as a team and we need to put it right on Friday. Four cup finals left. Let’s stick together.”

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