Gillingham will face Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium this Saturday in a bid to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat
Losses to MK Dons, Portsmouth, Fleetwood Town and Ipswich Town saw the Gills’ form spiraling out of control, and those involved at the club are hoping to correct this bad form as soon as possible
Ahead of the game, Gillingham manager Steve Evans spoke to the press Here are five of his key quotes
« It’s always hard to lose games, but it’s my job to make sure there is a happy medium The real problems arise when you don’t play so well and make chances Us let’s make chances «
If Gillingham loses to Sunderland this weekend it will be five straight losses for Evans’ side.They have played pretty well at times and certainly deserve to have a few more points on the board, but the reality is that the results did not come
The Gills missed great chances at key points in games The main game that comes to mind is the 2-0 loss to Fleetwood last weekend, when Dominic Samuel, John Akinde and Alex MacDonald had all missed good chances at 0-0 Evans hopes the odds turn into goals soon
« When we get home moms and dads set the mood at home I’m the equivalent of dad here – we have a lot of young players so I set the tone for the vibe and that mood must be that we are positive, bright and bubbly «
Evans is the captain of a young ship at Priestifield, and comparing stereotypical family life to Gillingham camp is a great way to explain how a manager’s attitude reflects on the playing team.
If Evans creates a « positive, bright and bubbly » atmosphere around the place, it will reflect on the players, allowing them to enjoy their football more. This is important, especially when a team is in bad shape , like Gillingham
« Young players have no other expectation than to learn They are certainly learning – we have started the season well and now we have had some difficult results, so they have seen both extremes, but the continuity that they found is that we continue to train on the pitch with a smile and a positive attitude attitude «
Gillingham has a youthful side Their oldest center-half is 22, their captain is 25 and their regular center-midfielder pair includes a 20-year-old and a 19-year-old.
They have a number of young people on loan to learn their craft and, as Evans says, they certainly learn quickly.There have been positives and now there are negatives – their attitude will impact the how quickly results change
« We’ve lost different players, and the latest one is Jacob Mellis, who has such a bad tear in his cartilage that he goes all the way. It’s a big loss, because he was just starting to s ‘flourish and is a great talent When he played we played Alex MacDonald wasn’t in the squad two weeks ago but I think he’s been really good in the last two games The best player in Portman Road was Robbie McKenzie who hasn’t played in weeks «
Gillingham has had multiple injuries this season They lost Stuart O’Keefe for the entire campaign early, and Kyle Dempsey and Scott Robertson missed out on time
As of this writing, Jack Bonham, Ryan Jackson, Tom O’Connor and Vadaine Oliver are all injured from beatings, and now Jacob Mellis is also out for the season.
Evans has entered the campaign again with a small team, and he’s going to have to use absolutely all of that to move forward with the injuries he currently has.
“Sunderland is doing better this year Parky [Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson] now has the opportunity to fully implement his style It’s a good, experienced management team I see them in the top two at the end of the season
« We’re underdogs because it’s Sunderland Football Club Whenever the team’s coach shows up they’re favorites If they don’t get promoted it’s not great – they might play in the Premier League
« I took the time yesterday to watch the full reruns We know pretty much what the squad will be and the form will be the same as they played because they played well They are a great team full of great players «
Gillingham had great success against Sunderland last season The two teams crossed paths four times, with the results seeing two Gillingham wins and two draws
Manager Phil Parkinson has indeed had a lot more time now to implement his style, and, with the club’s resources and attraction, there is plenty of talent in their books
The Black Cats are currently seventh in Ligue 1 with a match underway against those above them, and will want nothing less than promotion this season
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