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Gillingham manager Steve Lovell reacts to their 1-1 draw against Fleetwood Town

By Luke Cawdell

Conceding a stoppage-time equaliser was a sickener for Gills boss Steve Lovell.

The points were almost in the bag for the Gills, who would have moved up to mid-table with the win, but Tom Eaves’ goal was cancelled out.

In tough weather conditions, Lovell had been pleased with how his team had coped.

Tom Eaves gets to grips with his opponent at Fleetwood Picture: Ady Kerry
Tom Eaves gets to grips with his opponent at Fleetwood Picture: Ady Kerry

Report: Fleetwood Town 1 Gillingham 1

He said: “It was a horrible game, horrible conditions but we tried to play football and we did, we got the ball on the ground and we were delighted when we took the lead after 83 minutes.

“For them to get an equaliser on added-on time was sickening.”

Eaves scored Gills’ late goal after a good spell from the visitors and the game was in the 91st minute when Fleetwood levelled.

Lovell said: “They never caused us too many problems, it was just disappointing to have conceded.

“Barry (Fuller, who was penalised for a foul that led to the equaliser) said it wasn’t a free-kick and I don’t think it was but he (the referee) gave it. The only place he could have gone was that top corner.

Dean Parrett takes on his man Picture: Ady Kerry
Dean Parrett takes on his man Picture: Ady Kerry

“I was right behind it and the ball started so far outside, I thought it was going wide, but it just bent in with the wind and it was one of those things.

“When we went 1-0 up we were looking good and we had a good spell.

“It was just disappointing that it was against the run of play and the free-kick was given. I thought if we could have held out from the free-kick we would have got it. He bent it into the top corner and it’s a sickener.”

Brandon Hanlan on the ball for Gillingham Picture: Ady Kerry
Brandon Hanlan on the ball for Gillingham Picture: Ady Kerry

The weather dictated much of the play on a cold and wet day on the coast.

“Conditions spoilt it for us,” said the Gills boss.

“The pitch was lovely to pass on, and we did do, we tried to get the ball down and play.

“It wasn’t to be but a point is a point and we will build on that for next week.

“It is quite easy to go to places like that and even at home and to lose 1-0 and you get nothing.

“A good performance, disappointed not to get three points, but all in all a good day.”

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