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Burton Albion 2 Gillingham 3: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Lovell

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell admitted Saturday’s game was a tough one to watch.

His side were second best for much of it but nicked a winner in added on time.

Lovell praised opponents Burton for playing so well and was thrilled to have come away with maximum points.

Gillingham's Callum Reilly scored from the spot Picture: Ady Kerry (6470544)
Gillingham's Callum Reilly scored from the spot Picture: Ady Kerry (6470544)

Report: Burton Albion 2 Gillingham 3

He said: “It wasn’t very good to watch, they played absolutely fantastic and I said to the players afterwards it was most probably the best team we have played against with the ball.

“Sometimes we have had games where we have been on top and one of them comes to mind is Southend, which we got nothing from, so we know what it is like.

“I thought Burton deserved to get something out of the game but credit to our players and the way they dug in and for Josh Rees to come on and get the winning goal was just amazing, it was an excellent three points for us.”

Elliott List scores the opening goal Picture: Ady Kerry (6470540)
Elliott List scores the opening goal Picture: Ady Kerry (6470540)

The Gills had been up against it first half but Elliott List put them ahead against the run of play and Callum Reilly doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Burton got two goals back after the break but the Gills won it through substitute Rees in the 91st minute.

Lovell said: “Elliott’s first goal was against the run of play because they started really bright first 20 minutes. We had a few opportunities but Elliott took his goal very well.

“We conceded early on second half, that is always tough and then conceded the second and there was a lot of time left for us to hang on for the point. The character we showed and the way we got our winning goal was excellent.

“I am so pleased for the boys and the supporters who travelled all the way up because that was a tough, tough 90 minutes.”

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