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Gillingham are aiming to be the first team to beat Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in League 1 this season

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham face free-scoring Luton Town this weekend but manager Steve Lovell insists his team’s approach will remain the same.

Luton sit top of League 1 having scored more goals than any other side and they also boast an unbeaten home record.

But Lovell has built a team that enjoys playing attacking football and that’s just what he hopes they’ll do.

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham manager Steve Lovell Picture: Barry Goodwin

“There is no need to change, no point,” said Lovell. “I still go and play the same way because I have got the players who want to play that way and can play that way.

“We have had great results going away from home.

“Just because we are playing Luton, it won’t change the way I play.

“If you go there and park the bus and they score early on, it changes your plan, so what’s the point? I trust my players.

“They play the diamond (formation) and so do we. I won’t change. I will still play to take the game to Luton and have a go.”

Tom Eaves scores against Fleetwood but had little joy against Bristol Rovers Picture: Ady Kerry
Tom Eaves scores against Fleetwood but had little joy against Bristol Rovers Picture: Ady Kerry

What Lovell will be hoping for is that his attacking players show more intent.

His team had plenty of possession in Tuesday’s game against Bristol Rovers but they failed to convert, losing the game 1-0.

“We didn’t have enough people dying to get on the end of things,” said Lovell.

“There were some tremendous balls in the box but we never got anywhere near them and as a centre-forward or an attacking midfielder you’ve got to be on the end of those balls.

“There must have been half a dozen that went in second half that we were nowhere near.

“There were a lot of positives from the game because we had a lot of possession, a lot of balls into the box. What’s the negative side? We weren’t getting anyone on the end of it. That is what we have to work on.”

Brandion Hanlan gets away from Bristol Rovers' Liam Sercombe on Tuesday night Picture: Ady Kerry
Brandion Hanlan gets away from Bristol Rovers' Liam Sercombe on Tuesday night Picture: Ady Kerry

The midweek defeat was a step back for the Gills, having gone into the Bristol Rovers game in good form.

The Gills head into Saturday’s match three points above the drop zone but Lovell hasn’t lost any faith in his players because of the midweek loss.

He said: “Just because we lost the game 1-0, I am not getting carried away with it or worried.

“Going in to that game I was quite happy with everything going on and I still am. I am happy and we have nine games to get as many points as we possibly can.

“At the end of the game after losing you are disappointed, obviously, but you can’t be disappointed for too long because we have got a game coming up and we need to get everyone up for it.”

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