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MANAGER'S VERDICT: GILLINGHAM

1 May 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink thought his team deserved at least a point as they battled back for a 1-1 at home to Gillingham.

The Brewers went behind in the first half, but fought to the finish to earn a point in injury time through a Ryan Broom strike.

The manager said: “We deserved a draw as a minimum. I liked that we kept trying and we didn’t give up. We kept plugging away, knocking on the door, and putting the energy in.

“I just want us to be a bit better with our know how but that takes time on the training pitch. At times we could have been a bit smarter keeping the ball and waiting for the space to come but overall, I’m happy we are finishing the season at home not with a loss and we go into the last game a little happier.”

The game was a complete contrast to Tuesday night and the flowing football of the 5-2 win over Fleetwood.

Hasselbaink said: “It was a totally different game from Tuesday. They play a certain way. They are very good at what they do and it’s very difficult to play against. They are very direct, they are in your face and they try and get behind you every time.

“There was not a lot in the game and if you are going to try and play out from the back and pass the ball, they are just going to beat you, so you have to compete with them, win the second balls and play from there. That’s why we had two strikers on so we could play a bit more forward. At times that was Ok but sometimes we didn’t do well enough, especially in the first half.

“You are going to get these kind of matches, and we have to get better and smarter in these games.

“It looked a horrible game to watch, but you have to try and win these horrible games as well. And the reward is the same as the game on Tuesday.”


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