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In opposition: Gillingham - what they're saying

11 March 2022

Club News

In opposition: Gillingham - what they're saying

11 March 2022

Gillingham tasked Neil Harris with keeping the club in Sky Bet League One after handing him the reins on the final day of January this year - and his latest attempt to pick up points brings him up against Rovers this weekend.

The former Millwall boss has made a good fist of the task so far with three wins and two draws in his eight matches to date after succeeding Steve Evans in the role – earning him a nomination for the League One manager of the month for February. 

Harris was previously Cardiff City manager over a 14-month spell which included winning a place in the Championship play-offs in 2020. 

During his time in charge of Millwall, he reached the League One play-off final on two occasions, the second of which brought promotion to the Championship. As a player, he is Millwall’s all time record goalscorer after netting 138 times. 

Heading to the Eco-Power Stadium this weekend for the crunch clash with Rovers, Harris is focused only on picking up an important three points. 

On the importance of the weekend’s game against Rovers: 

“Saturday is a huge game. Every game is difficult at this stage of the season. There is pressure on everybody, but we have prepared to win a game of football. Doncaster will be fighting just like us. 

“We need the points, and it doesn’t matter how you get them. Stats become irrelevant at the moment.” 

On his team: 

“I trust the players, and I like them as men, and they have responded. 

“Saturday is a big game. I’d like to be on the pitch with the players, but I have to pass the experiences on.” 

On how important of the Gillingham fans: 

“The fans have been great to the players. They are seeing a team that will fight for them. We have given ourselves a hop and a belief. All credit to the players and fans. 

“People work hard to supply for their families, and spend a lot of money supporting their club. They want to see guts and fight. My energy and focus is on Doncaster.” 

On his manager of the month nomination: 

“I’m delighted with the manager nomination, but credit goes to the players. I’ve been here five weeks. The gap was 10 points, and now it’s three. That shows how far we have come in a short space of time. 

“I believe in my players.”


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