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League Two

Allen unconcerned by Gills slump

27 December 2012

Gillingham boss Martin Allen insists his side's recent form is not a cause for concern despite the League Two pacesetters being stunned 1-0 by struggling Barnet.

Jake Hyde's 20-yard strike was enough to give the visitors only their second away win of the season, and left the Gills with two wins out of their last eight league games.

However, Allen said: "I think we've lost three in 14 or something, so I suppose that's pretty good.

"It was only a couple of weeks ago that we won at Rotherham. There's room for improvement, but the results don't worry me.

"It was a disappointing first-half performance. I've got to ask myself and perhaps ask the players why we didn't get going.

Barnet player-boss Edgar Davids praised his troops for their collective endeavour, which he hopes will help them stay out of the relegation places.

He said: "We believed in ourselves and believed we could do it. It was a hard game, but it was a very good win.

"If you play like a team, something will come off for you. We can give any team a hard time. The goal was a team effort, from our first counter-attack. Everything we said we would do, we did.

"It's all about progress and getting points in. Who we play against, it doesn't matter. We always need the points. We're now off the bottom, but we still have train hard and hope that we don't slip back from our progression. Hopefully that will give us a steady stream of points to keep us up.

"I think we played better than we have during other away games, also our team shape was better. By focusing on that we got the result."

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