Published: 22:00, 12 November 2019
| Updated: 09:44, 13 November 2019
Gillingham’s management were delighted to see the team exit the EFL Trophy on a high.
Defeats from their first two group games meant Tuesday’s match against Tottenham’s under-21s was nothing more than a chance for fringe players to show their worth.
Many did that and assistant boss Paul Raynor spoke of his pleasure at watching the performance, having been less than impressed in their previous Trophy matches.
He said: “The competition had been a disappointment with the two defeats, and not particularly good performances, and we made that very clear to the boys.
“Although we couldn’t qualify we wanted a good performance to go out with and the guys displayed that. There were some good individual performances and collectively a good performance form the guys and we had a deserved 2-0 win.”
Tottenham were also knocked out of the competition. They needed a win to progress and for Ipswich to beat Colchester in the other group match.
The visitors had a team of gifted youngsters but struggled to make any of their possession count.
Raynor said: “Tottenham have got some skilful and gifted players, which they are always going to have with a club of that quality but we dealt with them well, we nullified the threat.
“They had a bright 10-15 minutes and then we identified the problems they were causing us and managed to sort that out and we grew into the game.
“We were a real threat, especially down the right hand side in the first half, we created a number of opportunities and fortunately Alex Jakubiak took one late in the half, which I think we deserved, on balance of play.
“I thought we were always in control, even second half. Tottenham had a lot of the ball but they didn’t really penetrate us, we kept a good solid shape.
“On transition we didn’t really do a lot on the break. With better decision making we could have gone onto score a couple more goals, but it wasn’t quite as good as it should have been. That’s nit-picking and on the whole it was a good, solid, controlled performance.”
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