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Brown on a point at Gillingham, the penalty decision and the travelling fans

26 August 2017

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Phil Brown felt ‘angry’ after watching his side twice throw away a lead against Gillingham as they were held 3-3 at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Goals from Ryan Leonard, Michael Kightly and Simon Cox weren’t enough as Tom Eaves’ hat-trick rescued a point for the home side and Brown spoke of his frustration after the game.

On the draw against Gillingham…

The game should have been over at half-time, should have been clinically put to bed. Three, four, five wouldn’t have embarrassed them.

Match Reports

Gillingham Report

26 August 2017

Ends up one, keeps them interested. They’ve got a big lad up front which they played to his strengths in the second half and maybe not in the first half and consequently, we conceded goals.

To carve teams open on a regular basis like we’re doing, we’ve got to put teams to bed.

Bad day at the office for me, that’s two points we’ve chucked away last week and now it’s two-points we’ve chucked away this week.

On what needs to change…

Players’ mentality. It’s not clinical in front of goal I’m after, it’s clean sheet mentality. We haven’t got that. We haven’t kept a clean sheet yet and until we get that mentality we’re not going to win games of football.

Until we get that clean-sheet mentality you can forget about promotion, you can forget about winning leagues, you can forget about anything. We’ll be an also-ran of a team unless we get that mentality.

It’s the mentality of the whole group, nothing to do with individuals, nothing to do with defenders.

John White can’t head a ball if he’s not in the penalty box and the lad peeled off to the back post. You’ve got to stop the cross from coming in. You know the strength, you know what they want to play to; they want to get the ball out wide and get the ball into the penalty box.

Keep on working is all we can do, keep on driving standards, driving the mentality of putting their bodies on the line. I can’t change the personnel, I don’t want to change the personnel, I think I’ve got a good team, but the bottom line is we’ve got to stop conceding rubbish goals.

On the penalty decision…

Disgrace. It was nothing to do with the penalty, it was the free-kick on the half way line. The centre half absolutely smashes my winger in two and he gives the free-kick to them.

If you want to get into detail I can go into detail, but I don’t know why referees and linesman and officials go under late on in the game and he’s gone under with that decision.

They’ve put the ball in our penalty box and it’s ended up in the back of the net. Rubbish, absolute rubbish.

On the travelling fans…

The supporters should be going home happy with three points and a bagful of goals, let alone three we should have had a bagful of goals today. 


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