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Boss not sure what to expect

25 October 2013

Will Gillingham change their style for th visit to Vale Park?


Unsure what exactly to expect from Gillingham as they travel to Vale Park with a new manager at the helm, Micky Adams says it is more about the approach the have to the game.

He said: “They have not had the start to the season that they were expecting, but they won the league last season with the same players.

“They are a decent group, they know how to scrap wins and they did it here last year. Last season at Vale Park they came here and put on a show and comfortably beat us.

“The personnel available to Peter Taylor is the same that was available to Martin Allen, it is pretty much the squad that got promoted, or certainly the team that started against Notts County on Tuesday night and got a win, so we know what they are all about.

“Martin was one of those managers and coaches that are very much in your face, up and at ‘em, whereas my impression of Peter Taylor through playing against hi teams is that he likes them to be more aesthetically pleasing.

“They want to get the ball down and play and pass it, and that’s not disrespectful to Martin because any team that wins a league deserves all the credit it gets and certainly the manager who put the side together deserves enormous credit.

“Sadly for Martin, for whatever reason, he is not there, Peter is there and he will have his own ideas about how he wants to play.

“It’s his first away game so it will be interesting to see whether he wants that open expansive football that I am sure he wants to play, but whether or not he does that away from we will have to wait and see.

“Players look different when they get a win under their belts and they look different when a manager gets the sack and a new one comes in.

“A lot of the players that were perhaps out of favour are now in favour again and that gives them a bit of a boost and there is probably a different atmosphere around Gillingham at the moment.

“Once again I am not decrying the work Martin Allen did, but the king is dead, long live the king.

“But it is all about us on Saturday, it’s about us adopting a nice positive approach, making sure that we all know our jobs and that we are switched on at all times.

“They have got a fair sprinkling of big boys that can hurt you from set pieces in particular, but we will have to wait and see whether Peter has had such a massive influence on them.”

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