World News – GB – Five key quotes from Paul Raynor’s post-Portsmouth press conference


Portsmouth beat Gillingham 2-0 in EFL League One on Tuesday night with two quick goals in the first half

John Marquis scored against his former club before Michael Jacobs doubled Pompey’s lead, and Gillingham never returned

After the game, Gillingham assistant manager Paul Raynor faced the press Here are five of his key quotes after a full time

« It was the naivety of the defender They tried, they were aggressive, they tried, but both goals were really poor You can’t give a quality striker like John Marquis that kind of play on the edge from the box Our attacker did not have this type of chamber and that was the difference. We should have moved closer and stopped the shot « 

The Gills have conceded 10 goals already this domestic season, and have often cut and changed their defense The two center halves on Saturday – Jack Tucker and Zech Medley – were replaced against Portsmouth – by Chris Maghoma and Declan Drysdale – but few things have changed

Maghoma gave John Marquis plenty of room to score Portsmouth’s opener, before Tom O’Connor and Ryan Jackson managed to stop Michael Jacobs from adding a second

In contrast, Portsmouth’s defense – especially Sean Raggett – was excellent The difference between the two sides for sure

« Guys are learning how we want to play at work We’ll get there – it’ll take a lot of work and a little time, but we’ll get there in the end »

Gillingham has gone for a young side this year and while it can bring energy and hunger, it also brings inexperience

The Gills have made 15 new signings over the summer, so the squad is new and they need to quickly learn the manners of Raynor and manager Steve Evans

It will take time for the team to stabilize, but Raynor is hoping that will happen sooner rather than later

« You have to pay homage to Kenny [Jackett, Portsmouth manager] He puts his teams together very well, they are very difficult to break down and very well organized We are a little disappointed, but tonight there were some positives in defeat « 

Kenny Jackett is the subject of much criticism from Portsmouth fans, but his squad were extremely strong on Tuesday

Jackett is a seasoned activist and as they say older people win things It’s not always pretty, but Jackett often gets results, and that’s what matters as a manager

In terms of bright spots for Gillingham there were a few, and their performance was better than in their Saturday loss to MK Dons, but a big improvement is needed if they are to get where they want to be be this season

“We will re-evaluate it; we’re already re-evaluating it in the locker room. We’re already explaining to the guys how we can improve this weekend, and we will « 

Evans and Raynor held Gillingham players for almost 45 minutes after the game, more than likely giving them a hair dryer treatment

Presumably there was a lot of talk about performance It was an improvement this weekend, but ultimately it was another loss The Gills will have a chance to bounce back when they host Fleetwood Town Saturday

« This is probably the toughest Ligue 1 in a long time With the quality of the teams in it The Hulls, Portsmouths, Sunderlands, Ipswiches – the list goes on It’s tough »

Hull City, Ipswich Town, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic are just a few names of teams that have been playing in higher divisions very recently, and many more have a much bigger budget than Gillingham

Good practice and practice can help reduce the advantage, and that’s what Gillingham will have to rely on again this season

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