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Gillingham 1 MK Dons 2: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Lovell

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell felt his side deserved more, for the second game running.

His side were beaten by Bradford last weekend and were left with nothing once again on Thursday night, going down to a 2-1 defeat against MK Dons.

“I thought the performance was excellent,” he said.

Gillingham's Conor Wilkinson against MK Dons Picture: Ady Kerry (1341591)
Gillingham's Conor Wilkinson against MK Dons Picture: Ady Kerry (1341591)

“I can’t fault them, we had the majority of possession throughout the game.

“They had a spell maybe in the last 10 minutes when we went to try and win the game (at 1-1) but up until then we were in control, we looked solid in defence and going forward we were creating, but we didn’t finish them off.

Report: Gillingham 1 MK Dons 2

Gillingham's Navid Nasseri against MK Dons' Dean Lewington Picture: Ady Kerry (1341587)
Gillingham's Navid Nasseri against MK Dons' Dean Lewington Picture: Ady Kerry (1341587)

“It is the second game on the spin that has happened. Bradford away and again here (at Priestfield) where we have been the better side.

“We played a lot of good football, created a number of good opportunities but we are not sticking the ball in the back of the net.

“You can have all the possession and be on top but if you don’t put the ball in the net it gives the other team confidence to keep going.

“They get the goal against the run of play, it lifted them, but fair play to us, we got back level quickly. I thought second half we might go on and perhaps take control but the goals didn’t come.”

Gillingham's Tom Eaves against MK Dons' George Williams Picture: Ady Kerry (1341585)
Gillingham's Tom Eaves against MK Dons' George Williams Picture: Ady Kerry (1341585)

MK’s opener was controversial, with Chuks Aneke accused of handball in the lead up to his goal.

“The fella nearly picked it up and ran with it,” Lovell said.

“It isn’t often I lose my rag on the touchline but it was such a blatant use of the hand to go and score a goal. You ask people (the officials) and they don’t see it, so you have to take their word for it.”

The Gills pulled it back with a goal from Navid Nasseri but one point wasn’t enough for Lovell and as they went for broke, MK won it with a late goal.

Lovell said: “We went three at the back and pushed another man upfront, then another. I went to go and win the game.

”It is nice to get a point but if we were thinking of anything more we had to push on and try and get three points. Sometimes that can leave you open at the back and that is the risk you take.”

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