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Morecambe 2 Gillingham 3: Gills head coach Stephen Clemence reacts to their League 2 win

Gillingham boss Stephen Clemence hopes their weekend win hopes to settle things down after a tough few weeks.

The Gills went to Morecambe without a win in four and in danger of seeing the play-off race get away from them.

Gillingham head coach Stephen Clemence reacts to their 3-2 win over Morecambe Picture: @Julian_KPI
Gillingham head coach Stephen Clemence reacts to their 3-2 win over Morecambe Picture: @Julian_KPI

Report: Morecambe 2 Gillingham 3

Goals from Tim Dieng and Connor Mahoney helped turn the game around on Saturday after trailing 2-1 with over an hour gone. They left with maximum points after a 3-2 victory.

Clemence said: “I am pleased, whenever you win you are pleased aren’t you?

“We had four bad games before this where I still think we could have picked up more points.

“I didn’t think it was the end of the world, of course, I wanted to get more points than we had, but we have to not get too high and not get too low at times. Hopefully, this settles people down again.

“We went to Barrow and we weren’t good enough, then we had two home games where I felt we should have won both but we came away with two draws. At Wimbledon we had a man sent off after 24 minutes or something, it felt early and it’s difficult, seventh vs eighth and you are down to 10 men.

“We could have been a bit more fortunate recently but the lads haven’t done too bad.

“It is an emotional game, we all get carried away when they win a game and we all absolutely want to cane everyone when they don't win, but we have to make sure we all keep our emotions a bit more balanced.”

Gillingham celebrate their win at Morecambe
Gillingham celebrate their win at Morecambe

Oli Hawkins had equalised for the Gills soon after Jordan Slew opened the scoring for Morecambe but they led again when Charlie Brown converted. Both goals came as the Gills gave the ball away in dangerous positions.

But Dieng’s 25-yard strike flew over the keeper and Mahoney’s deflected strike won it on 86 minutes.

Clemence said: “The character was fantastic to come from behind twice, really good on a difficult day, the conditions were awful in the first half.

“The first half reminded me of when we played under-14 football or something, we couldn’t clear the ball out of your box, it’s going up in the air and blowing back towards the goalkeeper.

“It was very windy and it is the worst conditions to play as a footballer. You can take rain, heat and cold, but wind is horrible, it makes the game so unpredictable. You have to be fully concentrated and the boys were.

“It was a good game for the fans, 3-2, and thankfully we were on the right side of it for a change.

“I am proud of the players and I thought the fans were fantastic, we had 210 of them, I could hear them just over my right-hand shoulder, I could hear them all afternoon.

“I wished them all a safe journey back and thankfully they had smiles on their faces.”

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