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Gillingham lost to Newport County in the Carabao Cup but manager Steve Evans has seen plenty to be happy about

Gillingham boss Steve Evans is keen to build on Tuesday’s Carabao Cup performance.

The Gills lost the game on penalties, after drawing 2-2 in normal time, but Evans saw plenty in the game that he liked.

His side created a number of good chances in the game at Priestfield and it was a much improved performance than the weekend defeat to Burton.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham manager Steve Evans Picture: Ady Kerry

“I thought we were tremendous,” said the Gills boss.

“If we win in normal time and they don’t get the penalty (in stoppage-time to make it 2-2) then everyone goes home saying what a super performance. There was a lot of promise there.

“We need to add to it, people can see we had kids on the bench.

“We know it will take a bit of time but there were promising signs. Saturday wasn’t promising, it was poor, it was very promising on Tuesday night.

“We are disappointed with the result but not disappointed with the performance.

“Had we taken our chances we would have scored six or seven. They had two shots at goal on 90 minutes, apart from things going wide of the target. The only time they get into our box was when they launched it in from 60 yards, that was the facts of the game.

Mikael Ndjoli scores the second goal from the penalty spot for Gillingham on Tuesday but they couldn't hang on for the win Picture: Ady Kerry
Mikael Ndjoli scores the second goal from the penalty spot for Gillingham on Tuesday but they couldn't hang on for the win Picture: Ady Kerry

“We were very good in spells, it was a joy to watch some of it, but at the end of the day the result didn’t go for us.

“If we had got through everyone is buzzing but we’ve gone out and there is disappointment but the performance was something to build on.

“We have to go back on the training ground and continue with the work we’re doing.”

The Gills have no game on Saturday, after the Bury game was suspended. The players will be off but the staff will be out scouting.

And Evans will be working hard on bringing in those additions he wants.

“We are trying,” he said. “We are trying and we could get players tomorrow and they might make us smile but it is not to say they will make us better.

“We have a good group, they are all working hard, we are very limited, as people can see, we have kids on the bench and very few players missing. Only Matty Willock and Ouss Cisse are missing and we supplement the bench with kids.”

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