Gills Ladies manager Jack Wheeler spoke our reporters following the Kent FA Women’s Cup Semi Final win over Meridian Ladies at Victory Academy in Chatham.
Gillingham recorded an emphatic 13-1 win after going a goal behind when the host took the lead in the 4th minute. Gills now make their sixth final appearance in the last eight years.
Wheeler on… reaching the final: “Really happy for the girls, it gives them something to look forward to in the next few months, with all of our hard work we’ve been putting in so far this year a cup final appearance is very welcomed. We need to make sure we go out on that evening and put in another professional performance against Herne Bay or Aylesford.”
Wheeler on… Meridian’s early goal: “I warned them before the start about complacency, we put in a really good performance against Tottenham last week and wanted to press on from that but we went behind. But to be fair it was a really good finish from 30 yards, a bit of class from that player, it gave the girls a wake up call to realise ‘hang on we are 1-0 down so early here, what is going on’. We decided to put our foot back on the pedal and we’ve come out the handsome victors today after that early set back.”
Wheeler on… Fliss Gibbons’ performance: “She’s been doing really well, her progression on and off the pitch and all im asking her to do, she is taking on board. Her attitude is spot on, her work rate is spot on for the team. If they keep learning and producing displays like fliss has done today it is only going to bode us well. Fliss will be pleased with her performance today, she will also be pleased with the team performance as she is the first compliment that to.”
Wheeler on… new signing Jenny Newman: “We tried to sign Jenny in the off season at the start of the year, we know what she could do. Its taken a bit longer than we had expected for her to come across from Charlton but we are happy she is with us now. She’s a lovely girl first off, she’ll fit in well with the group and is a good footballer at the same time.”
Wheeler on… Lauren Davis’ return: “She came off the bench last week against Tottenham, I wasn’t planning to put her on in that game but we needed a change and fresh legs so she got 15 minutes then. She played for the Kent FA and got a solid 90 minutes during the week. We’ve a few illness issues with players around the camp this week, she’s not been at her best so it was another little stint, she’s been missing playing, we know Lols [Lauren Davis] will always work hard for the team. She will provide another good addition to have in the squad.”
Wheeler on… next fixture away at Norwich: “We’ve played them once already this season in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup, we half know what we are expecting, if we play like we have done for later 80 minutes today, I’m quite confident that we will get something out of the game.”