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Gareth credits Gills’ fightback after 2-2 draw

Boss impressed with his own side's first-half display.

17 December 2018

Gareth Ainsworth said his side produced a ‘devastating’ first half performance to race into a two-goal lead at Priestfield on Saturday, but praised the response of the home side as Gillingham fought back to earn a draw.

Goals from Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson put the Chairboys firmly in front before the interval but Tom Eaves and Josh Parker levelled matters in the second period, ensuring both sides would leave with a point – one which Ainsworth says the Blues should be content with in the bigger picture.

“I would’ve taken a point before the game as this is a difficult place to come; Gillingham have been in good form and playing some good stuff lately,” he said.

“But we were well worth three points. We had the lion’s share of chances, we outshot them and in the first half we were devastating and deserved our two goals.

“However you have to give credit to Gillingham. They got back into the game and I’ll never deny the facts – they’ve done well, with two good finishes, but they were sloppy from our point of view and I’m disappointed about that.

“But let’s put things in perspective. We’re ninth in League 1 and people are thinking we should be getting three points here and three points there every week. I’m very happy with where we are in the league and it’s another point closer to our target,” he added.

And the manager doffed his cap to the Chairboys fans who were drenched to the skin and frozen to the bone in the open away end at Priestfield, but never stopped getting behind his team.

“A big shoutout to the fans. They got rained on, they don’t get looked after here with a shelter on that away stand, and they turned up in numbers. There was a great partisan atmosphere with them all bouncing up and down so thank you for your support – it means the world to me and you’ve done us proud.”

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