Steve Evans: Beating Blackpool on Easter Monday would be the best result of Gillingham's season

Steve Evans believes a win for his Gillingham side against Blackpool tomorrow would be the best result of their season.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 10:06 am
Updated Sunday, 4th April 2021, 10:08 am

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The Gills make the trip to Bloomfield Road on Easter Monday sitting two points behind Blackpool in the League One play-offs.

Evans' men, who were 2-0 winners against Blackpool at the Priestfield Stadium earlier this season, have lost just one of their last nine games.

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"A win would be the best result of the season," Evans said.

“We don’t kid ourselves for a minute, they are a dangerous opponent and we will need to be focused. It will be a tough afternoon, but one we are looking forward to.

“They have a very talented group. Neil (Critchley) has had a few injuries recently but they have a 25-or-26-man squad up there and 22 players who could play in the first 11.

“Blackpool are in terrific form and I wasn’t surprised when they recently beat Peterborough as comfortably as they did (3-1 at Bloomfield Road) and it gives you an indication of how difficult our task is.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans

"It’s a big ask to go to the North West, but we will go there and work as hard as we possibly can, as a manager I can ask for no more.

“Their talisman is a Jerry Yates; I gave him his football league debut back in my days at Rotherham. He is having a wonderful career and is destined to go on to play higher. It’s not just a one-man team though, they have pace and power all over.

"They can play a number of systems, are very good at working the ball through the lines, and they take their chances.

“It’s like the most poisonous snake in the grass, we can see it, but wherever you might move there could be a problem.”

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