Poor first-half display cost Blues says Timlin
Michael Timlin insists Blues paid the price for a slack opening 45 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Gillingham at Roots Hall on New Years Day.
A Chris Whelpdale goal with just three minutes on the clock won it for the visitors, who made a very impressive start to the game, and midfielder Timlin believes Blues’ failure to start on top cost them.
He said: “If you give a team like Gillingham as much time on the ball as we did in the first half, then you won’t get anything from the game.
“They start with the right attitude and tempo – exactly the way we were told to start – but we just didn’t rise to it in the first half and it cost us massively.
“They were strong and resilient and while we were much better in the second half, and created lots of chances, you just can’t give away a goal like we gave away because it puts you up against it and chasing the game.”
Timlin felt that Gillingham’s extra rest at the weekend may have helped them make that excellent start, but the midfielder wasn’t one to make excuses.
“They had more time to prepare for the game than we did and we were still recovering from Saturday at training yesterday,” he said.
“But there’s no excuses, we just got caught on the back foot at the start of the game. In the second half we created chances and should have scored one of them, similar to Saturday, but it just wasn’t to be.
“It wasn’t good enough from all of us on Saturday and it certainly wasn’t against Gillingham either – it seemed we carried it over for the first half. The fans deserve better than that. We don’t become bad players overnight so we’re determined to put it right in the FA Cup on Saturday.”