Positive First Month Far Outweighs Last Minute Frustration

Well Saturday was a little bit frustrating in the end wasn’t it.

It was bad enough trying to follow the game on Twitter, so the annoyance must have been a lot worse for those in the ground when Peterborough netted such a late leveller.

Peterborough’s late equaliser was doubly frustrating.

Especially after we had scored a late goal ourselves – one that looked like a winner at the time – which would’ve kept us at the summit of League One.

The Posh’s goal was certainly offside according to the new rules, and – although I didn’t at the time – I do now agree with their gaffer Dave Robertson.

Sometimes there’s no point moaning, purely because it won’t change anything.

Justin was annoyed at the end of Saturday’s game, but any complaints will fall on deaf ears.

Officials are a funny bunch, and they don’t frequently admit to the error of their ways.

But let’s look at the result in the grand scheme of things.

If, at the start of the campaign, someone had said that a late goal conceded at London Road would cost us a win and see us drop from top to the depths of fourth in the table, we’d have taken it.

New arrivals Josh Wright (left) and Ryan Jackson have helped the Gills to a good start.

In an opening month where (in all competitions) we’ve had to travel away five times – none of them close – and played two of the biggest clubs in the division at home, we have to be happy.

Our solitary defeat has come in the League Cup against Championship side Birmingham City, who look like they may make a sustained promotion push.

In fact, that game represents the only occasion so far that we’ve not found the net.

In our five completed league games we are undefeated, winning three – against three sides who plenty tipped for promotion – and drawing the other two.

We are yet to concede at home, having scored six goals of our own, and our young squad are showing signs that this start could have the making of turning into something slightly more long term.

Yes there are still another 41 league fixtures to go, and a lot of things can happen over a nine month season.

Injuries, loss of form, suspensions etc will all have an effect on the team’s performances and results.

And yes it will be intriguing to see how this young squad reacts if things do not go their way for a sustained period of time.

But the point I guess I am trying to make after Saturday is that if the biggest frustration of our season so far is the concession of a last ditch equaliser that knocked us off top spot, then we are heading in the right direction.

Last February we went to Peterborough for Justin Edinburgh’s first official game in charge more in hope than expectation.

We left with a 2-1 victory.

This season we have gone there perhaps as favourites, and are rightly angry at the manner of the goal conceded.

But looking at the bigger picture, it shows just how far this team has come in the seven intervening months.

Keep the faith.




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