Gills’ wait for vic­tory at Old­ham con­tin­ues

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

PICK­ING up points away from home is never to be sniffed at but Gilling­ham boss Peter Tay­lor left Old­ham frus­trated at his side’s lack of flu­ency.

The Gills have not won at Sport­sDirect.com Park for 12 years, and they barely looked like chang­ing that record with a per­for­mance that will have in­spired few. They barely trou­bled Paul Rachubka and spent much of the af­ter­noon inside their own half.

And though plenty of man­agers would be full of praise for their side’s re­silience, Tay­lor feels his team could have of­fered plenty more.

“I’m not too sure we de­served a point but when Old­ham had good chances it was from our mis­takes,” he ad­mit­ted.

“Over­all, our work rate was very good but our pass­ing and calm­ness on the ball was poor, and that’s why we de­fended too much in the game.When we got a cou­ple of passes then I felt we could go and score a goal but there wasn’t enough of that.

“I’m frus­trated with the per­for­mance be­cause we are a lot bet­ter than that. If I was frus­trated be­cause of lack of work rate that would be even worse.

“I’m prob­a­bly more dis­ap­pointed [than after de­feat against Coven­try City] and we got a point against a team that we usu­ally don’t get a point against away from home. In that re­spect I’ve got to be pleased but I just know the stan­dards of the play­ers.”

Old­ham were on the front foot from the first minute, with Do­minic Poleon’s shot into the side net­ting fol­low­ing some fancy foot­work and Liam Kelly’s 30-yard drive that was just too high to trou­ble Stephen By­wa­ter just two of the five chances the hosts cre­ated in the open­ing 20 min­utes.

Even­tu­ally the vis­i­tors set­tled, but By­wa­ter had to be alert to keep out long-range ef­forts from both Danny Philliskirk and Mike Jones in the sec­ond pe­riod, with Jer­maine McGlashan wast­ing Gilling­ham’s best chance with a header straight at Paul Rachubka.

Like his op­po­site num­ber, Lee John­son also left the ground feel­ing less than pleased, though his dis­ap­point­ment was aimed more to­wards his at­tack­ing play­ers.

“I just thought the fi­nal ball and fin­ish­ing was miss­ing.We cre­ated some good chances and did a lot of good stuff,” he said.

“It was a to­tal shutout. I thought the back four and mid­field were fan­tas­tic but the front four and the subs weren’t dan­ger­ous enough on the day.

“It comes down to three things in the box – decision mak­ing, touch and then fin­ish.When we had one we didn’t have the other two. But all in all I was re­ally pleased with the gen­eral play.”

STAR MAN STEPHE

N BYWAT

ER Gillingh

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