Gillingham’s 2-1 win over Northampton has left the Gills six points away from Steve Lovell’s 50 points target for the season.

Manager Steve Lovell praised his side’s magnificent first half showing on Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Northampton. Lovell stated that he is happy that the Gills have got to 44 points and believes they are getting closer to his target and could exceed it.

The gaffer said, “50/51 points is our aim, it always has been and that’s more points for our total.”

He also added, “I’m happy that we’ve got to 44 points and we are getting close.”

Gillingham led 2-0 after just 18 minutes at Northampton, laying the foundations for yet another away win, the seventh since Lovell took charge in mid-October.

Lovell was delighted with his sides performance against Northampton,

“We played very well.

“We were magnificent and they couldn’t cope with us. We could have had three or four in the first half maybe, it was very pleasing.

“When they play like that it is a pleasure to watch, the only disappointing thing is that we didn’t get the third and the fourth goals.

“The main thing is we were creating chances, playing good football and the boys were in control and that was it mainly in the first half.

“We made a couple of changes which we had to do, to try and counter their shape. We managed to do that.

“When you have people like Lee Martin and Scott Wagstaff to bring on, it helps steady the ship. Ben Nugent and Callum Reilly came off and they both had great games.

“We had to weather the storm a little bit, we tinkered with the formations a bit and we got it right at the end, for a great three points.”

Gillingham’s next test sees Walsall travel to the Priestfield Stadium on the back on a 4-1 demolition of Doncaster Rovers. On the reverse fixture the Gills picked up three points in 1-0 win courtesy of a Conor Wilkinson goal.

The only injury issue for the Gills is Alex Lacey (ankle) who faces at least another week on the sidelines. Aaron Morris and Billy Bingham remain out of action.

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