Published: 17:00, 01 December 2019
| Updated: 09:46, 02 December 2019
Gillingham’s intensity was too much for Doncaster to handle on Sunday, according to assistant boss Paul Raynor.
The Gills players were warned pre-match about what could happen if they allow Doncaster to dictate, and they never let the visitors have a sniff.
Raynor was delighted that the players had delivered.
He said: “First half in particular we were dominant. We showed the boys a video before the match of how good Doncaster could be with the ball, how fluid they are, how adventurous they are, and that it would be about intensity.
“We said to the guys, ‘we have to get about them, stop them playing and stop it at source’ and I thought the intensity of our play, particularly in the first half, it just blew them away. I thought we were excellent.
“We had been drumming into the guys that our game had to be about intensity and about putting them under pressure.
“We got our rewards for that and I thought they were magnificent.”
Brandon Hanlan got Gills’ third goal, after Olly Lee and Mark Byrne had put them 2-0 up at the break.
“I wouldn’t like to play against Brandon Hanlan,” added Raynor.
“He is a real handful. He has such pace and power, we all know he needs a bit more composure but he is still young and he is still learning.
“With the power and the pace he has got, he is going to get chances, and will continue to get chances.
“I was delighted for him to get his goal, he certainly deserved that, but a mention for Mika Mandron too, he put in a real shift, dropped in and around the midfield as well.
“He gave us numbers behind the ball to stop them playing and he put a real shift in, credit to all the boys, to a man we were excellent against a very good Doncaster side.”
Doncaster players were frustrated at times, leading to a number of fouls that left Gillingham players grounded, including a late one on Hanlan.
“There was a little naughty one at the end,” said Raynor, when quizzed about the fouls.
“They followed through on Brandon, and the worry is he picks up an injury that was avoidable. I thought the guy left his foot in a little bit late, but thankfully it was just a knock and he should be fine.”
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