Pre Gillingham

The gaffer is looking forward to the challenge that this week brings and bevies that we can results at both Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon.

 

“Each and every away game is going to provide us with different challenges,” said Ross. “It’s going to be another good marker in terms of where we’re at within this league and where we can hopefully get ourselves. It will be a challenging week, but I think it’s one the players will be going into with the best possible frame of mind. In every game we’ve played we’ve shown signs of progress and Sunday’s was probably the best one to date. I’d have liked to have won that game [at Luton Town], but we still produced an okay performance and we had to be resilient given the atmosphere and environment we went into. Gillingham play in a system similar and we’ve had to deal with that, so that helps us in some degree. But like every away game this season, there’s an added edge to it simply because of the status of this club and the fans we will take to every game. We’re going to have to deal with that when we go away from home and it will be no different again on Wednesday evening.”

 

Jack Ross is delighted with Josh Maja’s contribution so far this season but has admitted that the youngster has seen more action than he would of in Jerome Sinclair and Charlie Wyke weren’t injured: "I think strikers are naturally judged on goals, so for him to score three goals in three consecutive league games is terrific for him. I tried to find out as much as I could about all the players before I came, but you don’t really get a feel for them properly until you work with them day in, day out. Josh has got a lot of really good attributes that we just need to encourage him to use and adds the bits that are missing from his game. But what he’s done so far, and the responsibility he’s had to take on in that period because of the injuries and limited options we’ve had in attacking areas, has been big. And he’s handled that, which is really impressive to me. Sometimes, as young players, those opportunities open up when you don’t expect them. I’m not saying he wouldn’t have had those opportunities, but circumstances have meant that he’s been very much thrown into the spotlight in that sense and he’s been fantastic. I see no reason why that won’t continue throughout the season because he isn’t all of a sudden going to become a lesser player than he is at the moment, in fact I would say the opposite. I think he’ll get better as the season goes on."

 

Finally, if you are travelling on ALS coaches to Gillingham, can you get down to the SOL for 11.15? We are going to try and leave early to avoid the traffic and get more pre-match pub time...

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