Published: 16:00, 02 December 2018
| Updated: 07:30, 03 December 2018
Winning was all that mattered to Gillingham boss Steve Lovell on Sunday.
His team might not have shown a great deal of quality at non-league Slough but they are through to round three of the FA Cup.
“The boys dug in and all credit to Slough,” said Lovell.
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“They’ve given us most probably one of the hardest games we’ve had this season, the way they came at us and put us under pressure.
“They stopped us from playing and I am just delighted for the boys because they defended very well, which we had to, and a great goal won it.
“There were a couple of opportunities to have perhaps added to it, but we went to win the game and how we won it doesn’t matter in the end.
“We have got a result and that’s all that matter.”
Slough, from National League South, had most of the chances in the match, many in a dominant opening half.
Lovell said: “They put crosses into the box which we defended very well.
“I don’t think Tomas Holy (the Gills goalkeeper) actually had that many saves to make, but we defended very well and the boys in front worked hard as well, that’s what it is all about, you have to dig in and get clean sheets.
“If you can nick a goal then you are going to win games.
“If someone had of told me in the morning we would win 1-0 then I would have taken it. It is a result, we are through to the third round and that is all that really matters.”
Darren Oldaker’s goal was the difference, striking the ball home from 30 yards and Lovell revealed that he was one who had been given a half-time talking to.
“He was one of those I had a go at half-time,” said Lovell.
“I didn’t think he was stamping his authority on the game and for a young man of 19 he should be doing it.
“He then he pops up with that, so he obviously listens!
“It was a great strike and we all know he is capable of that, it was a really good goal to win the game.”
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