Ratcliffe reacts to Charlton defeat


Following Sunday’s away game at Charlton, which saw Gills slip to a 3-0 defeat, we spoke to manager Simon Ratcliffe to assess the Gills display;

“To be honest with you we got what we deserved, without a shadow of doubt, thirty to thirty five minutes we did ok but then gave a poor goal away. Heads dropped and we lost a bit of belief, it petered out in the end.”

Our opponents Charlton went into the game with a six game winning streak, we asked Ratcliffe is he had thought about changing the way Gills approached the game;

“Not at all, not at all, we set up in a way that I thought we could win the game. I thought that was the right way, but you can’t win a football game if you keep giving the ball away.”

Ratcliffe saw his Gills side concede deep into injury time of the first half, was this the point at which determined the outcome of the game;

“It’s gutting as always, if you come in at 1-0 you think you still have a chance, at 2-0 I still think we had a chance, but I question wether the girls thought we had a chance at that point. There was too many people that felt sorry for themselves today.”


The Gills now make a midweek trip to Billericay in the Ryman Cup quarter finals, when we asked Ratcliffe about the squad selection he emphasised their would be changes;

“Very much so! The reserve team that played Charlton today [Sunday] will be playing against Billericay on Wednesday.”

And next Sunday see’s a return to home surroundings at Priestfield, we asked Ratcliffe if it would be welcome by the squad, following a few tough away games in recent weeks;

“I’d very much like to think so, you have to earn the right to play and retain possession of that football, which we didn’t do today.”


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