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Gills boss Steve Lovell livid with “non-existent” first-half display

Gillingham manager was seething after seeing his side lose 3-0 at home to Blackpool

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A seething Steve Lovell faced the press after Gillingham’s 3-0 reverse at home to Blackpool and said his players had let him down.

A clearly angry Lovell stated that there was nothing positive he could take from the Gills’ first-half display at Priestfield as they conceded twice to go into the break 2-0 down.

“(The) first half was non-existent as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

“It’s the first time I think I’ve really been let down by players.

“I’ve stood up for them all through the season, and quite rightly so, because they’ve given everything.

“But today, first half, there was nothing. There was nothing positive.”

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Unimpressed: Gills boss Steve Lovell (Kent Pro Images)

Kyle Vassell opened the scoring for Blackpool after keeper Tom Hadler, making his Gills debut, couldn’t gather a long-range Jimmy Ryan effort.

Then former England Under-21 striker Nathan Delfouneso doubled the visitors’ advantage shortly after the half-hour mark.

Lovell said he usually finds the good in most things, but his side’s first-half display left him bereft of positives.

“I’m a positive person,” he continued.

“But there’s nothing I can take positively from the first half, nothing whatsoever.

“Second half we have a go but, again, it’s too late, isn’t it? We’re 2-0 down. Could have been three with the penalty.

“They thoroughly deserved their victory.”