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Ipswich Town 1 v 0 Gillingham
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Tuesday, 27th October 2020 Kick-off 19:00
Evans: Town Knew They Had a Battering, the Best Side Lost
Wednesday, 28th Oct 2020 09:10

Gillingham manager Steve Evans felt Town and their boss Paul Lambert will have known they “had a battering” from the Gills during last night’s 1-0 Blues victory over his side, believing the “best team lost, by a distance”.

Teddy Bishop’s 87th-minute goal secured Town's win against the Kent side - the Blues having enjoyed 70 per cent possession over the 90 minutes - but Evans insisted the result was far from a fair reflection of the game and that Lambert - who missed the match having undergone a Covid-19 test - will have known that.

Relations between the pair broke down after comments Evans made after last year’s game between the teams at the Priestfield Stadium with Lambert refusing to acknowledge his fellow Glaswegian at subsequent fixtures between the clubs.

Evans also had a fallout with former Blues boss Mick McCarthy following a 2-1 Town victory over his Leeds side in 2016.

“Privately they knew they had a battering,” Evans told Kent Online. “But we will listen to the Lambert boy saying they were brilliant again. He said it on Saturday but I know a lot of Ipswich fans. I watched it as well. They were very poor. They weren’t so good tonight.

“I tell you what, he will have been having a beer [afterwards]. He might not say it but he will know.

“The best team lost, by some distance. Second half it was one-way traffic. They were playing on counter-attacks.

“They got a bit of help with some of the decisions. I am not questioning the integrity of the referee but it was a poor performance from him, it’s as bad as it gets.

“First half was a disciplined performance, we had a good organisation, good shape, one thing they have got is a huge budget and for that they get good players. They made one good chance that the boy [Jack Lankester] should probably score.

“We had to change the goalkeeper [after Jack Bonham got injured] and different things and we got to half time and we said, 'With more belief, let’s go and take them on, they are under pressure to get promoted.’

“Second half one team played all the football and made all the chances, one team deserved to win, one team got all of the decisions, but we have to just go again.”

The loss was Evans’s side’s fourth in a row and he is aware the knives will be out for him following such a run.

“The vultures will be about won’t they?” he added. “We have lost four games, but we were outstanding second half against Ipswich, probably the best Gillingham performance in a long time, including some big wins last season.

“Our open play, our general play, passing and moving, we got to the byline on 15-20 occasions, Jordan Graham was on fire, we were putting balls in, they were clearing it off the line and if there is a criticism it is that we are not taking our chances.

“When you play against clubs like Ipswich, with 20 times our budget, with the resources that allows them to bring better players in, you have to take chances when they come.

“We have been glaringly missing chances against Pompey, glaring against Fleetwood and even more so on Tuesday. In football they say if you are making chances, then you are on some sort of track that is heading in the right direction.”

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Town_Boy added 09:16 - Oct 28
Hahaha he really is a c**k

midastouch added 09:17 - Oct 28
A manager lacking in class.

Woolfenthen added 09:21 - Oct 28
Good god, we weren't brilliant and that part I agree with Evans that we should stop dressing it up, but to say we were outplayed is nonsense, a side with 29% of the possession cannot have outplayed us! We were lucky in certain situations as were they but again one way traffic is laughable

herfie added 09:23 - Oct 28
Full of p**s and wind. And there’s a lot of both to come out!

But, like all managers, he sees what he wants to see - just a brilliant way of operating!

chrisswailes added 09:24 - Oct 28
I hate the crook, but he has PL sussed!

superblues9 added 09:31 - Oct 28
God this bloke is a knob

Bert added 09:33 - Oct 28
Did Evans arrive at the ground 45 minutes after kick off ?

Nobbysnuts added 09:38 - Oct 28
I fail to see how a team with 29% possession can batter anyone. Its not physically possible. I think this fat pr#ck is more delusional than lambert and that's saying something!!!

positivity added 09:40 - Oct 28
we may not be the biggest fans of lambert, but as this shows we could be in a much, much worse situation!

they battered us 0-1 in goals
29-71 in possession
8 less shots
8 less corners!

Westy added 09:41 - Oct 28
The best team lost by a distance - yes - a distance of 1-0. Sour grapes.

BaddowBlue1 added 09:44 - Oct 28
Seems we have found the new "Warnock"

NicRams added 09:45 - Oct 28
Yeah we have a huge budget, which I thought was the same as everybody else now due to the cap.

He is just obnoxious and deluded.

Europablue added 09:48 - Oct 28
Sounds like a man desperately trying to spin why he has led his team to a fourth successive loss. I forgot that this guy is their manager. It makes the win all the sweeter.

runaround added 09:49 - Oct 28
Evans is making Lambert’s post match comments on Saturday look truthful here!
If he wants to talk about the ref getting decisions wrong perhaps he should look at our disallowed goal!

newbsblue added 09:51 - Oct 28
Looking at the size of you Mr Evans, I assume that after battering us, you intend to eat us!

Nobbysnuts added 09:56 - Oct 28
Judging by the size of this tw#t I think everything he eats is probably battered!😂😂😂

Kitman added 10:00 - Oct 28
I read somewhere that the local side's players round my way (Crawley Town) had a celebration party after he left to go to Rotherham. I would imagine its been the same everywhere he's been (and its quite a few now)

speccybaz added 10:02 - Oct 28
At least it’s not only Lambert that spouts drivel :) Yes, they had chances in the second half, and could have even won the game, but they were awful in the first half and far from the well organised, disciplined team that Evans seems to have watched.

istanblue added 10:03 - Oct 28
Evans ironically using one from straight out the Lambert PR book - ''best performance in a long time'', ''outstanding'' etc. after a very mediocre performance. Maybe it's a Glaswegian thing?

scants_itfc_88 added 10:04 - Oct 28
This guy truly is a pillock. As for his comments regarding the referee, that was the best performance from one we had so far last night. They are generally rubbish in this league but i don't think he did a lot wrong last night

TractorFrog added 10:09 - Oct 28
Yet Mick Mills described his team’s first half performance as the worst he had seen in League One.

billlm added 10:13 - Oct 28
Must be a Scottish thing, we were brilliant,

62WasBest added 10:18 - Oct 28
Except BaddowBlue1 Warnock has a record far superior to either Lambert or Evans, by a long, long way.

shouldistayorcounago added 10:29 - Oct 28
Abolute tosh from an overblown windbag, some of the football we played last night was fantastic. We had a very rocky patch for 35 minutes in the second half, but they were worse than hopeless in front of goal.

We were lucky they were so poor in front of goal but overall I felt it was a positive performance and we should have been in front at half time. We need another win against Crewe, we need a better performance at the back (although I felt McGuinness did quite well), and we need to take our chances.

Still another clean sheet after a game we had to win. COYB

MickMillsTash added 10:29 - Oct 28
Whatever he says - In the second half they could have scored 3 or 4, if we are giving up so many chances to Gillingham! what is going to happen next Tuesday if we play the same team ? Lots to think about

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