Stimson Delight After Ipswich Game

Manager Mark Stimson could not hide his delight last night after seeing his side put in a very impressive performance to earn a 1-1 draw against Championship side Ipswich Town, saying: “I think it was a fantastic game of football. It was a good evening’s work and we had to work extremely hard against a Championship side.”

It was certainly a different, and arguably a more challenging test for the Gills, with Town manager Jim Magilton bringing along a very strong side to the krbs Priestfield Stadium, including the likes of Pablo Counago, Richard Wright, Kevin Lisbie, Jamie Peters and new Dutch signing Pim Balkestein. Stimson said: “After the first three pre-season games, I said that we needed to get those games out of the way and then face a different test this week with the games against Ipswich and Birmingham. We had a good crack at it and we went in with a worthy lead at half-time.”

“I don’t think we’re going to face a team in League Two like Ipswich with their pace and movement so it was a good workout for us. We knew that we wouldn’t be kicked and pulled about and we would have to try and match their movement. I am pleased for the boys as we didn’t perform anywhere like we can at Grays on Saturday but against Ipswich, we did.”

“The pitch is in fantastic condition and the game was played the right way. The only sad thing is Gary Mulligan and Dennis Oli coming off with ankle injuries but hopefully they’re not too serious. Adam Miller went down and their lad, unfortunately, trod on his arm and wrist so that’s swollen up but should be okay for Saturday.”


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