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Powell wants to spread goals around

12 October 2018

Chris Powell says it’s good to see the strikers getting goals but would like to see the midfielders and defenders chip in with a few more.

It has been over a month since a midfielder scored with the previous six goals all scored by Tom Hopper, Simon Cox and Theo Robinson.

Stephen McLaughlin was the last non-striker to net, against Peterborough, and Powell says it’s good to see the strikers all scoring, but it needs to be supplemented by goals from elsewhere.

“We need someone else other than the strikers to score at the minute which is good and bad really because ultimately you want your strikers to score and they’ve all scored, it keeps them confident,” he said. “They’ve all scored, and it will be good for them to carry that on.

“Tom’s [Hopper] got a record of one in two which is a good record. It would be great for him to carry that on throughout the season, Simon now has three in four and Theo always chips in with a goal. He’s a box player, similar to Shawn.

“They’re different types in stature but similar in that they’re box players, whereas Simon likes to link up the play and Tom seems to get beaten up by every defender and doesn’t get the fouls but carries on and gets his goals.

“We’ll see on Saturday if a striker scores again I will be happy but if it’s a midfielder or a defender then even better.”

Gillingham ended a 10-game winless run against high-flying Portsmouth last weekend, shocking Pompey in a 2-0 win, and Blues will be hoping to get their first win since 2012 at Priestfield Stadium.

“We have to be aware of what they can do but like all League One games it’s just about what happens on the day,” Powell added.

“You just have to be prepared and focus on what you’re good at because they’re all difficult games and this one is no different.

“We’re going there with momentum behind us and if we go there and make it 13 points from 15 then you’re talking about staying where we are and aiming higher.

"But we all know where we would like to be.”

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