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Steve Lovell and Mark Byrne react to Rotherham defeat

Gills boss and midfielder share their views after the side’s disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Rotherham United

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Gills boss Steve Lovell’s disappointment was written all over his face after Tuesday night’s 1-0 reverse against Rotherham at Priestfield.

After steering the side to within only a few points of the promotion playoff places, the Gills have faltered badly in recent weeks, with the defeat to the Millers the latest in a run of disappointing results.

The loss extended Gillingham’s run of poor form to seven games without a win, and just one win in their last 11.

It left Lovell frustrated and disappointed as a promising start was soon replaced by a tepid performance with the Gills losing out to a 20th-minute Will Vaulks’ strike.

The Gills boss declared himself “very disappointed” with the performance, as he shared his thoughts after the game.

“We started quite brightly, actually, like we do most games,” he said.

“I think I counted in the first three or four minutes we must have had about six or seven balls going into the box from corners and general play (but) nothing comes of it.

“They have one shot and it goes in. That’s what won the game, at the end of the day.

“But from a personal point of view, with the way that we played, we were too direct today. There weren’t enough options on the ball, and I felt at times they were tonight a lot quicker than us.”

Clearly Lovell has work to do to gee the players up ahead of a crucial last three games, and midfielder Mark Byrne admitted the team knows they’re struggling for form, and that they need one more win to be truly sure of League 1 safety.

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Mark Byrne (Kent Pro Images)

“We know ourselves we’ve lacked a bit of quality in the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“Before we were going ahead and we were doing well. But I just think we’re going through a little bit of a bad patch at the moment.

“We’ve got three games left and I still think we need another win just to get safe and be sure (we’re) over the line.

“It’s a big game coming up for us on Saturday.”