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Gillingham boss Steve Evans looking to make changes for trip to Portsmouth after AFC Wimbledon defeat

Gillingham boss Steve Evans looks to make changes for their weekend trip to Portsmouth after admitting some of his players aren’t good enough.

The Gills had been hoping for a push at the play-offs this season but inconsistent performances have led to inconsistent results and on Tuesday night they lost at relegation threatened AFC Wimbledon.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans and assistant Paul Raynor with much to consider after Tuesday's defeat
Gillingham manager Steve Evans and assistant Paul Raynor with much to consider after Tuesday's defeat

One goal was enough for the Dons to win the match. The Gills bossed the second half possession but lacked the ability to make it count.

Evans said afterwards that hopes of making a push for the top six was over and will now see what others in his squad can do, albeit with limited options, picking from a squad which numbers just 19 fit professionals.

“Some of them aren’t good enough,” Evans said.

“There is a lack of focus, there is a lack of knowing what standard you have to be at to win games.

“We had the second half performance (at Wimbledon) which was very good. Anyone in the league would be worried if we played like that but they would look at the first half and think they win comfy. You can’t have that massive, massive difference from the first half to the second half. That wasn’t about the individual changes, the team shape helped, that was just a little thing of running.”

Evans said he planned to have the team in on their day off to make up for what they lacked on Tuesday night.

When asked about the lack of focus and how he can change that in the team, Evans answer was brief. “You don’t,” he said. “You change players.”

For now, the Gills have another 16 games left of this season and will look to push on towards those top half places. They travel to fourth-placed Portsmouth this weekend.

“We will be making changes,” he said. “We will have a look at everyone now. We have to look at everyone don’t we because we should win that (game on Tuesday) when you have all of that dominance.

“We have some players who are deservedly top half and consistency tells you some of them fail. We will deal with them in the summer, that’s all we can do.

“On their day lots of teams will take them but there are too many days where we don’t know what we are getting, like the first half compared to the second, that is alarm bells, that is what it gives you as a manager.

“I am not here to defend people or to give people stick, I am here to be a realist. If we had of won (on Tuesday) we would have pushed ourselves in with a little look (at the play-offs) but we can’t lose like that.”

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