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Gillingham 2 Wycombe Wanderers 2: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Lovell

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell had to be pleased with the point at the end of Saturday’s match.

His team made a slow start, finding themselves 2-0 down after 17 minutes, but they fought back with two second half goals.

“We didn’t start very well at all,” the Gills boss acknowledged.

Tom Eaves is challenged by Wycombe defender Adam El-Abd Picture: Ady Kerry (6021341)
Tom Eaves is challenged by Wycombe defender Adam El-Abd Picture: Ady Kerry (6021341)

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“They deserved to be in the lead and it is the pattern of our season. If we start well then we get results.

“We don’t make the game easy for ourselves but fair play to them, they came and pressed us and had a go and they had some lively players, which caused us problems.

“They deserved to be infront but we changed things up and had a go because we had to, there was no point going over what had gone on in the first half, we forgot that and planned for the second.

“I said at half-time, it’s a Hartlepool away again, you’re two goals down and you just have to get back into the game, you haven’t got to worry about how you play, you have just to do it from now.”

Elliott List tries to make something happen for Gillingham Picture: Ady Kerry (6021343)
Elliott List tries to make something happen for Gillingham Picture: Ady Kerry (6021343)

The Gills fought back that night against Hartlepool in the FA Cup, levelling it at 2-2 with the last kick.

It didn’t take quite so long on Saturday, with Josh Parker’s 76th minute equaliser coming after a goal from leading scorer Tom Eaves.

Lovell said: “We took them game to them and got back into it.

“(Goalkeeper) Tomas Holy made a couple of good saves but Josh Parker could have won it for us (with a minute left) had he taken a touch, but at half time we would have taken a point.”

Lovell admitted he had little answer for Gills’ sluggish start but Wycombe’s good play was worthy of praise.

“It happens,” he said.

“It happens throughout, in all kinds of football, managers up and down the country from the Premier League down will be saying ‘the boys didn’t start well’.

“Sometimes you have to credit the opposition and how they play. They played very well, they caused us problems.

“Sometimes you have to admit that and they did, they played very well in the first half and caused us a lot of problems which we had to deal with, in the second half we did and then we caused them problems. You could say it was a game of two halves.”


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