Published: 22:30, 20 August 2019
| Updated: 09:49, 21 August 2019
Gillingham boss Steve Evans felt robbed of two points on Tuesday night.
He was delighted with his team’s performance against a Blackpool side who arrived at Priestfield with three wins from three in League 1.
The Seasiders had to come back from two goals down to level the match and then survived a late onslaught as the Gills looked to seal their first win of the season. On Tuesday’s showing, it won’t be long.
Scroll down to hear from Gillingham manager Steve Evans.
Evans said: “On the night we’ve made five or six good chances and our performance was stunning.
“I saw Simon Grayson (the Blackpool manager) giving out some balaclavas to some of his players, they’ve got on the coach disguised because they’ve been like thieves who have nicked a point.
“They are a good side and they have got a good manager and we have been depleted, some players weren’t 100%, but they have given everything, on and off the pitch we were very good.”
There were a few flashpoints where Evans felt his side didn’t get the decisions which he felt were warranted.
He said: “They’ve had a few off the line, a few hair scary moments, we think there is a definite penalty on Brandon Hanlan, with the benefit of looking at it back and we are disappointed that their four (Ricky Bushiri) stays on the pitch.
“He is on a yellow and just before half-time he smashes Mark Byrne but stays on the pitch. Simon does what I would do, he subbed him within five seconds, or he would have been off.
“We are disappointed with those bits but not disappointed with the quality of the performance, it was very good and there was lots of encouragement.”
The Gills took a 2-0 lead in the match but were pegged back before the break.
“We had them on the ropes but gave a sloppy goal away,” said the Gills boss.
“We are disappointed with the second one, our defending is poor and they took good advantage. Iit was a good passage of play from them but we have to defend that better, other than that we have dominated possession.
“They were always a threat going forward and Simon’s teams always are, credit to him, we have played a good side and we just have to pick ourselves up and go to Coventry on Saturday.”
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