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PAUL | GILLINGHAM DESERVED IT THIS AFTERNOON

6 March 2021

"The biggest credit I can give to us is that we dragged ourselves back into the game but then we gave poor goals away"

Paul Cook thought the hosts deserved to take the spoils as Town fell to a 3-1 defeat at Gillingham this afternoon in what was his first game in charge at the Club.

Gills made a bright start with a goal inside seven minutes before Luke Chambers, who entered the top 10 all-time appearance makers list for Town at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, headed in for the visitors with 25 minutes remaining.

Eight minutes later Vadaine Oliver restored the home side's advantage and with 10 left to play he notched his second with a right-footed strike.

"It's very disappointing to say the least," Paul said.

"Credit to Gillingham because I thought it was a strong performance from them. The biggest credit I can give to us is that we dragged ourselves back into the game but then we gave poor goals away.

"It's a disappointing afternoon, for myself included because you want to win your first game in charge, but there is a lot of football left to play this season.

"Almost 50% of Gillingham's goals come from set pieces and we gave away a cheap free-kick early on and were punished.

"We'll draw a line under things because we have another game on Tuesday. You don't get time to think in this league and we can't make excuses. If you make excuses you won't get where you want to be. We'll prepare for Lincoln and we look forward to the game."

Although the pair have only worked together for five days after Paul arrived at the Club on Tuesday, the Town boss praised Chambo on his landmark achievement for the Club this afternoon.

"Massive credit to Chambo," Paul added.

"Players have long careers for two reasons and that's because they're good and they look after themselves.

"It would have been a lot better for him if his goal had earned us something but Chambo has been involved in plenty of wins for Town and hopefully there will be more."

See the full interview with Paul on iFollow Ipswich.

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