Gillingham 3-0 Fleetwood Town: Reaction from Gills boss Steve Lovell

Steve Lovell was delighted at the final whistle after his side secured consecutive league wins at Priestfield.

“Two games, seven goals and two clean sheets – it doesn’t getter better than that,” he said.

A Tom Eaves brace and an early Brandon Hanlan goal were enough to sweep aside mid-table Fleetwood Town.

Gillingham were an attacking threat throughout the 90 minutes and could have increased their tally in the latter stages, but Lovell was particularly pleased with his side’s defensive display. “I don’t think Tomas Holy had to make a save that was worthwhile,” he said.

Eaves’ two goals took him to the summit of the League 1 goalscoring chart, and Lovell certainly knows the talisman’s importance to the team, saying: “Apart from his goalscoring he brings so much more to us as a team – his hold-up play and battling qualities, and his work-rate defensively.”

Eaves’ contract expires at the end of the season and the Gills fans are hoping that the club offers him an enticing enough deal so that he remains at the club.

Gills academy product Darren Oldaker was given his second start in succession and he repaid his manager’s faith with another assured performance in midfield. The 20-year-old assisted goals for Eaves against both Bradford City and Fleetwood Town and Lovell described him as “a naturally gifted footballer with a football brain.” Oldaker also caught the eye of Gills captain Gabriel Zakuani, who praised his teammate’s balance and range of passing, and said: “He needs to take it game by game.”


By Eliot Goodyer

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