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KIERAN ON GILLS CLASH

3 February 2022

"We’re under no doubts that we’re going to be playing a highly motivated team, not just because of their position in the league but also because they’ll want to impress the new manager"

Kieran McKenna says that the appointment of a new manager at Gillingham increases the size of the challenge for Saturday's game, but says that it is a test that Town will embrace. 

With the Gills occupying a spot in the relegation zone, Steve Evans departed MEMS Priestfield Stadium after the Blues had won 4-0 in last month's reverse fixture.

Neil Harris, who has previously guided Millwall to promotion from League One via the play-offs, was confirmed as Evans' successor earlier this week, with the Kent outfit winning his first game in charge 1-0 against Crewe on Tuesday night.

"It increases the challenge, for sure," he told iFollow Ipswich.

"They’re a team who have been fighting for their lives anyway at the end of the table where they don’t want to be. They’ve obviously brought in a new manager earlier in the week and got a good response on Tuesday night with the win against Crewe. 

"We’re under no doubts that we’re going to be playing a highly motivated team, not just because of their position in the league but also because they’ll want to impress the new manager. 

"We know it’s going to be a big challenge, so we need to be ready for it and enjoy that challenge. Ultimately, we’re playing at home in front of another fantastic crowd. We want to embrace that and go and put on another performance."

Asked if the aforementioned victory over Saturday's opponents has made much of an impact for the weekend's fixture, Kieran added: "Very little. I don’t think it’ll have much relevance.

"We played them not so long ago and put in a good performance but the dynamic changes in football all the time. We have some new players, they have some new players.

"Added to that, there’s a new manager and likely a new system and style of play. We have to look at it as a completely blank canvas, and make sure we are going to prepare for the team we are going to face on Saturday."

A full interview with Kieran will be available to watch on iFollow Ipswich later this afternoon.


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