Brady doesn't have a problem with Evans' touchline antics

Gills boss was an animated figure throughout

Monday, 26th April 2021, 10:29 am
Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor.
Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor.

Jon Brady says he does not have an issue with the touchline antics of Gillingham manager Steve Evans following Saturday's 2-2 draw at Priestfield.

Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor were not shy in expressing their opinions throughout the game, repeatedly voicing their anger towards the referee and getting in the face of the fourth official.

But despite being on the receiving end of one or two outbursts from the opposing dugout, Brady and his coaching staff never got involved.

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"I've got the utmost respect for Steve and his longevity in the game," said Brady. "He actually tried to sign me about four or five times and he put his arm around me before kick-off and asked why I never played for him!

"He's very passionate and he is what he is and he just tries to drive his team on and influence the referee, but at not one stage did we get involved and neither did we want to get involved. We act as professionally as we can."

Gills play a very direct and physical game under Evans, but again that's not something which bothers Brady.

The Cobblers struggled to deal with an aerial bombardment into their box for the first 30 minutes, but fought back from two goals down to claim a draw.

"They're relentless with how they play," Brady added. "People give them stick for what they do but they just play to their strengths and fair play to Steve.

"He plays to his strengths and he's in and around the play-offs and they're having a brilliant season so I make no bones about it.

"They're such a tough side to play against because it's relentless football. It's different to everyone else and it might not be everyone's cup of tea but they've been successful this season with it.

"We were a bit submissive and weren't strong enough on set-pieces but we worked hard to stay in the game."