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Craig MacGillivray Pre Gillingham

1 September 2017

MacGillivray looks ahead to game against Gillingham

Town goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray is looking forward to his first league start against Gillingham.

With Dean Henderson away on international duty, MacGillivray looks to start his second game in a row against Gillingham on Saturday.

He spoke to the press about pulling on the Town shirt at the Ricoh and gave us an insight into his mentality on keeping his starting place.

“It’s the best thing ever when you come in. To put the shirt on and walk out, yeah the Ricoh wasn’t particularly packed but still I enjoyed every minute of the game.

“It was frustrating to concede two goals, but we got the win thanks to Joe.

“Deano’s obviously done well, he’s gone away on international. It’s nice to get games and a chance to show what I can do to the gaffer and give him more of a headache.

“I think first half they let us have the ball and we scored two goals, worthy of them 100% we could have had a couple more.

“I don’t think we started particularly well in the first half, we let them get back in the game from a corner, they then got the penalty. I think we need to be a bit better, our standards that we’ve set in the past have to be higher.

“The gaffer said we have to make sure we don’t have one half and then drop our standards for the second half we need to make sure we maintain it like we have done.

Ex Town frontman Thomas Eaves is set to feature for Gillingham at the weekend having scored a hat trick for them in a 3-3 draw with Southend United last weekend.

“I know he was at Yeovil, I played Yeovil in the cup a few years ago and he was very much a target man.

“When he was there they looked to get the ball up to him and play off him, so I would expect it to be similar like that.

“He’s effective obviously being 6 ft. 5, we’re going to have to make sure we nullify him after his hat trick at the weekend because he’ll be full of confidence.

“I haven’t seen a lot of Gillingham, but the goals at the weekend a lot of them were from crosses.

“I’d say they’re very similar to Wimbledon and we nullified unbelievably well, so I think it will be a similar sort of game to that.

“But like I said you can’t just think about how someone’s going to be, you have to make sure you’re ready for any scenario come Saturday.

“I can’t wait! Hopefully we get three points as well to make it even sweeter.”

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