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Gillingham boss Steve Evans says promising signs at Tranmere prove team are moving in the right direction

We’re making progress, insists Gillingham boss Steve Evans.

His rebuilding continued last week with the signing of Ben Pringle and he’s still on the lookout for more additions.

Evans’ side drew 2-2 at Tranmere on Saturday, having led 2-0.

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“We are getting better every week and we showed that in spells on Saturday,” Evans said.

“We are still not a 90-minute team but we are a new team.

“There are a lot of good signs and we will continue to work hard. We will try and eradicate the errors and get a bit of composure when we’re defending.

“This is a hard league to win in, look at the results on Saturday. It is competitive, it is tough.

“Had we won on Saturday we would have been close to that top half and then can we build on it. We are nearly there.

"We are one or two short but in terms of one or two it is just down to match fitness.”

Pringle made his debut at Tranmere but Evans still wants more recruits, however.

He said: “I was with the chairman for dinner on Friday and we are looking for one or two. They have to improve us.

“We are in a better position than we were at (former team) Rotherham in terms of how I am seeing it transform and the way the team is playing.

"We are getting closer every week, that’s the positive. The downside was the scoreline on Saturday.”

Evans was left frustrated as his team threw away a 2-0 lead, hanging on in the end to claim a point.

He said: “We were just disappointed on Saturday night. The fans were tremendous and they probably went away as disappointed as we are, probably more so because we do it for a living and they are spending their hard-earned money.

“We are going to work hard and we have another behind closed doors game on Tuesday at Priestfield. We will entertain a Premier League side there, and it will give more minutes for the players that need them.

“As the season goes forward we will have bigger challenges than Tranmere but we are getting better.”

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