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Gillingham 1 AFC Wimbledon 2: Reaction from Gills assistant Paul Raynor after a poor display at Priestfield

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Gillingham assistant boss Paul Raynor delivered an honest assessment of the team's performance on Saturday.

The Gills no.2 admitted they didn't do enough on the day against Wimbledon and 'got what they deserved'.

It was Gillingham’s first loss in 16 league games, going down to a 2-1 defeat.

“There were no excuses,” Raynor said.

“Had we nicked a point we would have been happy and we probably didn’t deserve any more than that.

"The performance didn’t merit that we got a victory and that is disappointing because we know the boys are so much better than that.

“Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition. They came with a game-plan, frustrated us, executed it and that is three big points for them.

“We probably got what we deserved if we’re being honest.”

The Gills looked like they were going to claim at least a point when Regan Charles-Cook scored late on but Wimbledon hit back with a winner on 90 minutes, scored by one of their former players Callum Reilly.

“We weren’t at it all day,” Raynor continued.

“We huffed and puffed. Wimbledon did a good job on us, we were frustrated, they killed the game and made it difficult for us to get going, that is what is what it felt like, we never really got going.

“We got (substitute) Jordan Graham on the ball a few times and Brandon Hanlan caused them a few problems when he faced people up but on the whole I think we probably weren’t at it and we take it on the chin and go again.”

It ends an impressive run for the Gills who hadn’t lost since November, when ironically they were beaten 1-0 by Wimbledon.

Raynor added: “The guys have had lots of pats on the back in recent weeks and lots of praise but we weren’t quite at it.

“We were down to 10 men (after Max Ehmer went off injured at 1-0 down). (We thought) do we stick or twist? We went for the win. Three points would have been fantastic for us and it was a difficult one.

“We stuck with three at the back, we tried to win the game and the downside is we go and concede that second goal and we fall to a defeat.

"We were brave in terms of trying to keep our shape and going for the win but it wasn’t to be unfortunately.”

Report: Gills 1 Wimbledon 2

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