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Cambridge United 0 Gillingham 2: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Evans as goals from Vadaine Oliver and Danny Lloyd clinch the points


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Gillingham’s hard-fought midweek win at Cambridge pleased the boss but he was gutted they didn’t win by more.

Manager Steve Evans watched his side boss the first half and soak up some pressure in the second before Danny Lloyd doubled their advantage. They then had opportunities to add to their tally as the rain lashed down at The Abbey Stadium.

Reacting to the win, Evans said: “It is nothing more than a hard-fought win and we should have had hard-fought wins at other places but we have been let down by some silly defending. We have had some good defending and Jamie (Cumming) delivers his first clean sheet and he is more than deserving of that.

“I am probably disappointed we haven’t scored two or three more. Alex MacDonald had a really good chance to make it 3-0, it was a really good save.

“The performance in spells was very good, particularly the possession and interplay in the first half, we just totally dominated. I think they had one half effort on goal and other than that we played some great football, scored a great goal, five or six passes into John (Akinde) and he wins a header and Vadaine Oliver puts it in.

Dan Adshead chases down James Brophy in last night's game Picture: Keith Heppell
Dan Adshead chases down James Brophy in last night's game Picture: Keith Heppell

“The disappointing and worrying thing was that we have been there so many times, 1-0 ahead at half time and not come out second half.

"Cambridge are a good team, they have good support behind them and that doesn’t change. We are in the game and we had spells in the second half where we were totally dominant again but we are going to have to defend properly. We break, Danny Lloyd does what he can do, that is not a shock to any of us, he scores the goal and probably the disappointing thing is we have two or three good chances to make it three and game over.”

There was an alleged coin-throwing incident that Evans branded disturbing but Cambridge United is a place he has a soft spot for.

Gillingham challenge for the ball against Cambridge United Picture: Keith Heppell
Gillingham challenge for the ball against Cambridge United Picture: Keith Heppell

He said: “Cambridge is a good place to go, I love it, you know what the home supporters are going to give, three quarters of the ground are right behind them and we had some really good travelling support, considering that some of them couldn’t work in the morning because they didn't have any fuel! I thought they were really good and the home support was good as well.

"I had family in the home end singing away. They didn’t come for Sunday lunch last week and I am sure they won’t be coming this week either.”

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