Jack­son hop­ing he won’t be his­tory

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Bull To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BOTH Gilling­ham man­ager Peter Tay­lor and Town boss Michael Jack­son are hop­ing to stay in their re­spec­tive jobs for next sea­son – but the pair ad­mit they have no idea if they will be.

Tay­lor guided the Gills to their high­est league po­si­tion since 2007 fol­low­ing this bore draw at the Pri­est­field.

Cap­tain Adam Bar­rett headed the Gills in front on 72 min­utes, be­fore on­loan striker Shaun Miller earned a point for Jack­son’s al­ready-rel­e­gated side.

The point meant that Steve­nage, and not Town, fin­ished bot­tom, some­thing which their man­ager be­lieves is a con­so­la­tion af­ter their poor cam­paign.

“I said to the play­ers be­fore­hand that we should aim not to fin­ish bot­tom, and that we owed it to the fans to get a re­sult,” said Jack­son.

“Fin­ish­ing eight points from safety is a big gap – I’m not try­ing to dress it up, but we’ve got to take some­thing from this sea­son other­wise we carry on in doom and gloom.

“My fu­ture won’t get set­tled in the next day or two. We’ll have dis­cus­sions soon – I’d like the op­por­tu­nity to put my own team to­gether.

“It’s been a great learn­ing curve in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, and I’ll be bet­ter for that.

“You don’t get taught any­thing like this on a man­age­ment course and I want to stay.”

The hosts had the bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out, and Cody McDon­ald hit the post shortly be­fore half-time af­ter round­ing de­fender Jer­maine Gran­di­son.

Bar­rett headed the hosts in front from six yards with only his sec­ond goal of the sea­son af­ter Danny Ked­well’s ef­fort had been cleared off the line by Town’s Luke Sum­mer­field.

How­ever, sub­sti­tute Miller equalised 11 min­utes af­ter com­ing on as he latched onto the end of Joe Ja­cob­son’s cross to head past Stu­art Nel­son.

A year ago, the Gills were crowned League Two cham­pi­ons. How­ever, af­ter re­plac­ing Martin Allen af­ter a poor start in Oc­to­ber, Tay­lor ad­mit­ted keep­ing the club up was one of his best achieve­ments. “I think that it could have eas­ily been worse this sea­son. But ev­ery­body at the club worked hard for our cause, and thank­fully we got 53 points. I’m pleased it’s fin­ished though,” he said.

“I don’t know about my fu­ture yet, but I’m sure I’ll be talk­ing to the chair­man soon. I haven’t made a se­cret of want­ing the job, and I think that for the size of the club to stay in this di­vi­sion, it needs a de­ci­sion.

“As a club we want to progress, so we need to get that sorted out.”

STAR MAN JOE ANYON Shrews

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