Published: 06:00, 13 February 2020
Matchwinner Brandon Hanlan had more than one reason to be happy on Tuesday night.
While delighted to have scored Gillingham’s 95th minute winner, he was also thrilled to have seen his mate Regan Charles-Cook get on the scoresheet.
The two are long time pals, both having progressed through the Charlton Athletic youth team, and were dubbed the ‘Chuckle Brothers’ by manager Steve Evans after the match at Bloomfield Road.
Charles-Cook scored a great goal to put the Gills 2-1 ahead but it needed a goal from Hanlan to win it after Blackpool had levelled in the first minute of stoppage-time.
“I was buzzing for him,” said Hanlan, speaking about Charles-Cook’s goal.
“He hasn’t played as much as he would probably like to but he went on, he is always positive and he managed to score as well.
“He is my roomy as well so it must have been the positive energy in the room on the day!”
Evans said post-match: “It was great that the two best pals at the club are the two who got the goals, the one (from Regan) that put us infront and then a second time (from Brandon).”
It’s seven for the season now for Hanlan, levelling with departed striker Alex Jakubiak as the club’s leading scorer.
Hanlan’s close-range header won it, off Tom O’Connor’s corner.
“It was a decent finish, even if it came off my eye!” admitted the striker.
“I hadn’t scored for a few games and it was a nice relief to get a goal.
“The game was so erratic, it was end to end. When we got that corner in the last minute I was always going to try and score and it just fell for me.”
It was a thrilling finale from the stands but Hanlan says there was a lot more focus on the pitch.
“You just have to keep level-headed and be positive,” he said.
“You could see people were still working hard (after Blackpool’s late equaliser) and it was only right that something came our way, we managed to get all three points.
“It gives us great momentum, especially as it is coming to the back end of the season where every single game counts.
“It we can stay unbeaten and keep pushing we have a great chance of being up there (in the play-offs). Everyone just has to stay positive. Everyone wants to be there and I don’t see why not. That’s the plan.”
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