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Charlton Athletic 2 Gillingham 0: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Lovell

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell had no problems with the way they performed at Charlton.

He was pleased with his team's efforts but frustrated it came without reward.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer, in his own post-match press conference, said his team weren’t at the best and Lovell felt that was down to his men.

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Gills manager Steve Lovell at The Valley Picture: Ady Kerry (6191815)
Gills manager Steve Lovell at The Valley Picture: Ady Kerry (6191815)

Report: Charlton Athletic 2 Gillingham 0

Lovell said: “The reason they didn’t reach their levels was probably because of the way we played.

“Everyone out there could see the possession we had and the amount of crosses that we put into their box, it was a lot more than they did.

“We started off brightly, they got the goal against the run of play and the second goal was tremendous, a great strike, but apart from that I don’t think (goalkeeper) Tomas Holy had a great deal to do.

“They hit the bar but that is the difference, we have all the possession and all the balls in the box and create a number of opportunities but we just lack little bit of quality in the final third.”

Charlton v Gillingham match action Picture: Ady Kerry (6191817)
Charlton v Gillingham match action Picture: Ady Kerry (6191817)

The Gills were without leading scorer Tom Eaves, through injury,

Asked if he could have made a difference, Lovell said: “You don’t know, Tom might have played and had the same problem. I am not going to say that if Tom Eaves would have played we would have scored, because the two boys who did play up top did a great job, it is just that they didn’t score.

“Had they (the Gills forwards) both scored nobody would have said anything about Tom Eaves and I am not going on about people who aren’t playing, it is about those who were out there and they all gave everything.

Charlton v Gillingham match action Picture: Ady Kerry (6191821)
Charlton v Gillingham match action Picture: Ady Kerry (6191821)

“They worked hard and did everything they could do win the game but unfortunately we fell a little bit short."

The Gills kept pushing right to the end but failed to get a goal.

Lovell said: “Even at the back end we are still getting balls into their box, through Luke O’Neill and Connor Ogilvie.

"We were still getting in crosses, still winning corners and free-kicks. They might have been tired but they showed their character, they kept going.

“We are going to leave gaps open for Charlton to exploit us (at 2-0 down) but when they did, we defended well.

“I can’t say anything against the players, they have given everything they have had, it is just that we didn’t have that little bit of luck, or quality, whatever you want to call it, in the box.”

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