Gills’ wait for victory at Oldham continues
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.”
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