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Former Rangers defender Lee Hodson believes only sloppy errors are stopping Gillingham being a force in League 1

Defender Lee Hodson wasn’t hiding away from Gillingham’s first-half frailties on Saturday.

But the former Rangers player did think they deserved something in the end, after a much better second 45 minutes against Coventry.

“First half we were nowhere near good enough,” admitted the Gills' 28-year-old right-back.

Gillingham defender Lee Hodson Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham defender Lee Hodson Picture: Ady Kerry

“We conceded from a mistake and we are disappointed with the way we conceded, but we gathered ourselves together for half-time.

“There was an improvement for the second half. We got on the ball a lot more, we created stuff going forward.

“We stopped them from playing out and were forcing them into playing long balls and passing it out of play.

“We definitely could have walked away with a point but we’re disappointed with the first half performance and to have come away with nothing.”

Hodson had empathy for Gills goalkeeper Jack Bonham, who was at fault for the Coventry winner.

Goalkeeper Jack Bonham made a mistake against Coventry Picture: Ady Kerry
Goalkeeper Jack Bonham made a mistake against Coventry Picture: Ady Kerry

He said: “It is football, everyone makes mistakes in football, but Jack has dug us out of a hole in a few other games with some great saves, to keep us in games.

“People make mistakes, it is horrible to concede from one, but we came out second half and gave it everything. I thought we were unlucky not to come away with something after the opportunities that we had.”

The Gills are four games without a win in League 1 but Hodson is confident they can turn things around.

“We can be a force in this league if we can cut the sloppy errors out,” he said.

“We will get back on the training ground this week. We have a home game against Bolton and hopefully we can get the three points that we need.

“We need to perform like we did against Blackpool, come out on the frontfoot. We will work hard this week and put the wrongs right, to go out there and try and get the three points.”

Barry Fuller made his 200th Gills appearance at the weekend Picture: Ady Kerry
Barry Fuller made his 200th Gills appearance at the weekend Picture: Ady Kerry

Hodson’s feeling were echoed by Barry Fuller, who made his 200th appearance for the Gills on Saturday.

He said he was “very pleased and honoured” to have reached the milestone but it wasn’t a day of celebrations.

Fuller tweeted: “Not the result we hoped for. We didn’t do enough in the first half but had a right go in the second half, unlucky not to get something in the end. A big shout out to our travelling supporters who were brilliant again.”

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