Tay­lor hits out as Gills poor form con­tin­ues

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Bull

GILLING­HAM man­ager Peter Tay­lor hit out at a small sec­tion of his side’s support fol­low­ing this home de­feat to Ch­ester­field.

Jimmy Ryan se­cured the Spire­ites’ first away league win since Au­gust with a well-ex­e­cuted vol­ley shortly after the Gills had fought back from two goals down to level.

A hand­ful of sup­port­ers voiced their dis­plea­sure with Tay­lor at full-time, some­thing which he said shouldn’t be a part of the game.

“They say that’s foot­ball and you have to put up with it, but I don’t agree with that,” he said. “You work hard all week to get the team right, and you have to lis­ten to that com­ing off the pitch. It’s wrong.

“They’re say­ing aw­ful things, Every­body’s emo­tions are high, but it doesn’t mean I’m go­ing to dis­re­spect peo­ple.”

De­spite miss­ing a num­ber of key play­ers through in­jury and sus­pen­sion – which led to them only nam­ing four sub­sti­tutes – the Spire­ites started brightly. Ar­mand Gnan­duil­let had his header from Gary Roberts’ cor­ner cleared off the line by Bren­nan Dick­en­son in the sixth minute.

The vis­i­tors went ahead shortly after, when Sam Clu­cas’ ef­fort from an acute an­gle de­flected in off Gills de­fender John Egan.

Their lead dou­bled nine min­utes after the break, as Leon Legge di­verted Ten­dayi Darikwa’s blazed cross into his own net.

How­ever, the Gills scored twice in 180 seconds to draw them­selves level. Sub­sti­tute Cody McDon­ald headed in from Joe Martin’s pin-point de­liv­ery, be­fore Egan headed in at the back post for his fourth goal in as many games from Doug Loft’s cross.

“When we got the equaliser, I felt we were bet­ter than them,” added Tay­lor.“I’m not sure a come­back like that would have hap­pened too many times last year. I fan­cied us to kick on, we showed good spirit.”

In­stead, Ryan struck his de­light­ful win­ner on 69 min­utes after Gilling­ham failed to clear their lines to give the vis­i­tors only their sec­ond league win in 11 games.

How­ever, the Gills should have earned a point in the 95th minute, but McDon­ald volleyed wide with the last kick of the game when through on goal.

“I thought the win was thor­oughly de­served based on our play and ap­pli­ca­tion,” said Spire­ites as­sis­tant Leam Richard­son.

“The lads showed pro­fes­sion­al­ism, al­beit we had a cou­ple of mad min­utes.

“I thought our best spell of foot­ball came after they scored their two goals.We started con­trol­ling things more.”



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