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Pulling No Punches

Pulling No Punches

Gillingham's struggles in adapting to life back in league one continued when they were beaten 1-0 by Bradford at the weekend.

As the Gills find this difficult the Bantams, who went up with us last season but via the play offs, go from strength to strength!

Last time round Gillingham were unlucky to be beaten by inform Coventry, and Martin Allen expressed such thought but he pulled no punches on Saturday also admitting his own shortcomings in perhaps making changes from that side that with hindsight perhaps he shouldn't have.

Clearly Allen had plenty to talk about as he didn't emerge from the changing rooms until gone 7pm, when he said: 'I wasn't happy. I made two changes from what was an excellent performance away at Coventry and I think I've got it wrong.

'I've sat here from day one and backed the players. I always stood up and given them full support, but I thought there were far too many player well below par. The attitude wasn't right.'

That was just for starters though!

Much more is expected from his side in the coming weeks, with a visible improvement required as he let rip following an abject showing at Priestfield.

He added: 'Hopefully over the next few weeks there will be some changes. We've got to make some changes. It's been far too many games. The paying public deserve better than that.

'We need to revisit the principles and values that have got us into this division. We got promoted as champions with a hard-working, dedicated, honest group of blokes.

'It's been too many games I've sat here and defended, looked after, supported the players but I need to take some action no doubt about that.

'The players have let themselves down, the club down, the shirt down.'

This latest defeat has seen the club slump to the foot of the league two table...

Yes I know it's early days but if something doesn't change soon then the hopes of successive promotions will be the least of the clubs worries, an immediate return to league two will be looking more likely!



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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday September 23 2013
Time: 9:07AM

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