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Gillingham 0 Hull City 2: Little between the sides says Gills boss Steve Evans

Gillingham boss Steve Evans felt there was little between the sides on Saturday as Hull City left with the points.

Evans blamed sloppy errors for the Hull goals as the League 1 big-guns returned home 2-0 winners.

Hull were relegated from the Championship last season and were a Premier League team only a few years prior, last relegated from the top-flight in 2017.

“I think Hull have got away with one if I am honest,” said the Gills boss after the match.

“The two goals we gave away were really sloppy and that was the disappointing aspect of the game, more than the result.

“They scored a goal early on. We were not doing our jobs and within 90 seconds we miss a one on one to equalise (through John Akinde) and from then on in until when they score a second goal there’s nothing in the game.

“We don’t mark who we should do at the end and the boy (Josh Magennis) is an excellent player, he gets across and scores the second goal. From then on it’s done.

“I don’t think there was a lot in it considering they obviously have a seven or eight million pound budget. It’s not about budgets, they were a little more clinical than us and we paid a price.

“They were in the Premier League three or four years ago. I don’t think that gulf showed at any stage.”

Had Akinde stuck away his one on one chance, straight after the Gills conceded the opener, Evans' side might have made more of the game.

The Scot said: “You hope to level very quickly and if we got it then I think we would go on and have the ascendancy, but we miss it and it was probably the easiest chance of the afternoon.

"We don’t take it, there are half chances at both ends, they were more clinical. A good free-kick into our box and you would say that it was a good header from (Hull manager) Grant McCann’s point of view but for me I just want the centre-back who is nominated to pick him up to do that.”

Evans had changed his system at the break, putting two men upfront. It gave Gills the edge for a spell.

“We went more in their face a bit,” said the Gills boss.

“We probably gave them too much respect in the first half.

“If I summed the game up there were three or four clear cut chances in the game, they scored two and we missed one.

“You have to take advantage when you are on top of the game.”

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