Gillingham will host Exeter City in the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday, with both sides aiming to move forward and face one of the two’ big boys’ who will compete in round three take part.
Before the game, Gill’s striker Dominic Samuel took action against the press via Zoom. Here are five of his key quotes.
« I settled in pretty quickly. The boys greeted me, as did the coaching team and the manager. It’s a big family and it’s starting to show up on the pitch too.
“I knew the history of the club when I was here a few years ago. So it was a breeze to get here. Personally, when I look at it overall in my career I feel like my performances have been more consistent but I think if I want to be tough on myself I should score a few more goals than me. Sometimes you don’t always fall for it in games and you need to put the work rate first.
« The league is getting tougher every year and I think the work rate comes first and goals second, but when the hard work pays off, the goals will kick in and they start now. ”
Samuel has scored five goals so far this season and is slowly proving to be Gillingham’s talisman.
Everything hasn’t gone his way since returning to Priestfield, but he’s clearly beginning to find his feet.
“I’ve always said that in football you have to learn to play more than one role. I also know how to play the wide position and you have to be willing to give 100% wherever you play. The gaffer sometimes likes to change it and as a player you always have to give 100%.
“It’s good to have competition because you’re looking over your shoulder. If you’re not doing your job, someone else can come in. Sometimes when you have a competition you get better because you want to play week after week. It’s good not to make you feel too comfortable and with the squad and players we have, it will only improve us as a team. ”
Samuel has played more than enough this season and he thinks it’s important to know how to do that.
“I’ve always seen the FA Cup. There are magical things that happen and there is never an easy game. We want to go far and we can look forward to it.
« I’m still a Chelsea supporter and it would be on my wish-list to go to Stamford Bridge and win. The furthest thing I’ve ever done is the fourth round. Hopefully we can get to the fourth round and beyond this time with the performances we’ve shown. I would like to go as far as possible in this competition. Some other players might think it’s just another game of the season, but I’ve always wanted to go far with myself. No matter which team we play in, I’ll always take it seriously. ”
The magic of the FA Cup has always been visible to everyone, and Samuel has an ambition of his own.
« I have no doubt it will not be an easy game. It’s going to be a tough game – every team in this competition isn’t going to make it easy and if we go into this game we’re not going to take it lightly just because they’re down in the league – we have to take it like a real league game and if we go with this attitude we should move on to the next round.
« I don’t really like looking at other teams because if you went through our roster some people would look and think this team can go all the way. They may have produced a lot of players, but with our squad we can hurt teams, no matter what team it is. ”
Samuel doesn’t take the opponents lightly on Saturday, but he trusts himself and his teammates to get the job done.
« We talked about it. It’s a shame we’re in level three, but it’s about safety first. If that is what it takes, it has to be done. Hopefully things can change soon and fans can come in. Fans make a huge difference. When things don’t go the way you want them in a game, they’re still there to help. If the fans can’t see us, that’s a downer, but hopefully when the season starts they can let the fans in and we can go ahead and see where it takes us.
“We miss the support. Hopefully it won’t be long before they can come back and support us, but if it is better to be safe at home they should do so and take care of themselves, and when they get back we will hopefully be in the play -off positions. ”
Kent has been inducted into the third tier of the government’s post-lockdown system, which means there will still be no fans at Priestfield Stadium for the foreseeable future.
It’s not ideal for the Gills, but hopefully a vaccine and fans aren’t too far away.
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