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Reaction: Powell on Gills Victory

13 October 2018

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Chris Powell was a delighted man once again as his Blues side dug in and produced a superb 2-0 win on the road against Kent rivals Gillingham.

Two goals in three minutes from Simon Cox were enough to help Blues to a first win at the Priestfield Stadium since 2012 and their third successive league win away from home.

And after the victory, Chris Powell gave his thoughts to the press.

On the Gills win…

Really good performance today and I think the key to it was staying in the game in the first-half.

To be fair to Gillingham they put us under a bit of pressure – they played the conditions well – they had a flurry of corners and free-kicks, but we defended stoutly and manfully. We looked organised.

At 0-0 I was quite pleased at half-time because I felt Gillingham showed us what they were about but I felt we hadn’t shown everyone what we’re about, so I just said to them, turn up the volume a bit more and they certainly did. Especially right at the start of the second-half where really that’s where we won the game.

On the two goals…

They were very good goals by Simon [Cox]. Simon finished the first one really well; it was fully deserved and he was on the end of the second one after a good move.

Dru on the second one: his drive is one of his main assets and he can drive with and without the ball, and when we pass it quickly and one or two touch football, we look a good team.

We’re a good team when we make those good movements and we make good decisions on the ball and without the ball. We coach them [to do that] and they’re willing to learn because they know in the long run it’ll benefit them.

On keeping a clean sheet…

They were going to throw caution to the wind, but I thought the players knew exactly what they were doing. We went through it Thursday and Friday and we just said, whatever happens, this is what we do: put yourself against a Gillingham player and, whether he’s bigger than you, you just challenge and don’t take a step back.

We knew our line was good and there were times when they flicked it on into Mark Oxley or it ran out of play. We made good defensive decisions today and that was the key to the whole game.

I thought the boys defended Tom Eaves brilliantly; he’s a tough customer, he’s awkward but Michael Turner, Taylor Moore and Stephen Hendrie – pressed into a slightly unfamiliar role – gave us balance. Flanked by Elvis Bwomono and Ben Coker, they gave us a really good base to win a football match.

Clean sheet and 2-0…very happy. 

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