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A Backhanded Compliment

Pushing for the League Two title you'd almost expect Gillingham to have a player in the running for the divisional player of the year wouldn't you?

However that wasn't the case with the League Two managers not recognising any Gills players.

Promotion rivals Port Vale did with their 25-goal topscorer Tom Pope claiming this accolade ahead of Exeter's Jamie Cureton and Bradford's Gary Jones.

Martin Allen, as he told KentOnline, isn't concerned by this and actually feels it's a "backhanded compliment" that his players were overlooked: 'I really don't care and I have no interest in awards. When they come our way, we share it among ourselves and the manager-of-the-month thing I got has been given to the kit man because everyone plays their part. There are no stars here.

'We are a down to earth, humble group of people. We all look after and support each other and work hard together.

'If the other managers have not picked our players out I think that's a kind of a backhanded compliment to what we've actually done. We do not concede any goals and we win a lot of games.

'None of our players are in the top three? Hello. Fantastic. What a great compliment that is to our club.'

Clearly Allen is disappointed by this, however securing promotion is the priority but The Gills boss is right really that the lack of acknowledge is a compliment in a way.

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Date:Monday March 25 2013

Time: 8:33PM

 

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