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Peter Taylor believes Gillingham are safe

21 April 2014

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor believes his team should be safe from relegation after Cody McDonald grabbed a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw at Walsall.

The Gills are now six points above the drop zone with just two games remaining.

Taylor said: "I think it would be extremely unlucky for us to go down now. We showed a good attitude and will show a good attitude at Preston on Saturday.

"I'm really pleased. We brought some very good support and they were rewarded with that second half."

Taylor praised McDonald's clinical finishing when his one chance of the match arrived six minutes from the end, saying: "That's what goalscorers do, they get you a goal, whether they are playing well or not.

"He took it really early with his left foot, and he has scored some very important goals for us."

Taylor had made second-half changes when Walsall were dominating and one of them, chunky striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, brilliantly set up McDonald's equaliser with a deft flick over his head to release the striker for his 16th of the season.

Walsall had taken lead in the 55th minute through Febian Brandy's fourth goal for the club since returning on loan from Sheffield United.

Saddlers manager Dean Smith said: I was pleased with the performance but disappointed with the result and at a loss to know how we didn't win that game. We should have finished the game comfortably and we were far superior.

"Unfortunately our quality in front of goal has not merited the results we should have had.

"The second half was much more like ourselves, creating opportunities, but unfortunately poor finishing cost us.

"We started the game really well then went slow again, but its difficult here because teams come here and bank up, so we have to be very patient."

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