Opposition view: 'Flat' Evans feels Gills should have scored 'five or six' against Cobblers

Town's comeback leaves play-off hopes in tatters

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 6:58 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 7:02 pm
Steve Evans.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans admitted he felt 'flat' after Cobblers' late comeback left his play-off hopes in tatters.

Gills would have been just three points off the top six had they held on after goals from Vadaine Oliver and Olly Lee.

But Ryan Edmondson halved the deficit with 11 minutes to go and then Fraser Horsfall headed home to leave the spoils shared.

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"We were very flat after Oxford and we feel flat again today," admitted Evans. "It was a game we should have won.

"We should have been five or six ahead but they put an aimless ball into the box to get one back and then for the second one our defender just gets out-muscled from a corner.

"It's disappointing and there's two bits of it today. There are all the chances we didn't take - you can count four or five in the second-half alone - and we also didn't defend properly.

"There are one or two individual who continue to make mistakes. We're limited in terms of what we can do but it's hugely disappointing.

"It (2-0) can be a difficult scoreline but we made chance after chance and we needed the third goal to go in and then it could have been four of five.

"There were a lot of big chances that we missed so that's one thing but we also need some more character for the other side of the game because at the minute we don't have enough.

"They were gambling and leaving four or five up because they were going to be relegated, but you cannot defend like that and we're looking at individuals and we looked at individuals last week as well."