Published: 09:00, 25 January 2021
| Updated: 09:55, 25 January 2021
John Akinde didn’t waste his chance to clinch a point for Gillingham on Saturday - a fortnight after missing the chance to grab a last-gasp leveller against Burton Albion.
The Gills lost 1-0 to Burton after Akinde had a stoppage-time effort saved in a match which boss Steve Evans felt his team had “enough chances to win three games.” Akinde didn’t miss against Rochdale to make the game 2-2.
Akinde didn’t let the Burton miss get to him and volleyed home with virtually the last kick at Priestfield.
“I should have probably had at least a goal the other day against Burton,” said the 31-year-old, who now has four goals for the season.
“The best of them miss and that’s just part of football.
“It is about not getting down and to keep getting into those positions to try and help the team.
“I just try and get myself into the position and score goals. That is what I have always done in my career and will continue to do so and so it was good to hit the back of the net.
“I came on and made a difference and that is what I always try and do. I am happy personally to have scored but as a team we wanted the three points, but they didn’t come.
“We weren’t at our best and we have to improve.
“The draw is probably fair and we just look forward to Tuesday now.”
It was Akinde’s first goal for the Gills at Priestfield, scoring infront of the Rainham End. All of his others had come away from home.
Sadly, there were no fans to celebrate the late drama.
He said: For me, it doesn’t matter where it is. I just want to score goals.
“We are looking forward to getting the fans back. Having that atmosphere helps the team and gives us that extra percentage. Hopefully I will score more when they are back in.”
One his four this season came in the away game at Crewe, the only goal of the game, as the Gills nicked three points from a game where they were second best in terms of performance.
Akinde added: “They did have a lot of chances in the game but we came away with the points. We want to do the same again, we want the three points and play well but ultimately we want to take the three points.
“We want to improve and we will do.”