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Peter Taylor hails spot-on Adebayo Akinfenwa

12 March 2014

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor praised Adebayo Akinfenwa's calmness after the striker scored two penalties in the Gills' 4-2 victory against 10-man Coventry.

The powerful front man opened the scoring after City captain Dan Seaborne saw red for a foul on former Sky Blues forward Cody McDonald.

Callum Wilson equalised for Coventry from the spot shortly after half-time before Myles Weston restored the hosts' lead after 56 minutes with his first goal of the season.

Akinfenwa then notched his second penalty after 75 minutes, but Gillingham's nerves were tested when Coventry captain Carl Baker netted a fourth spot-kick of the evening with seven minutes left.

Jake Hessenthaler eventually sealed a thrilling victory for Taylor's side late on.

"Bayo took two outstanding penalties, he was really calm," said Taylor.

"As soon as Danny Kedwell got injured and we had to think about a penalty taker, Bayo said, 'Don't worry about that!'

"I didn't argue with him. I'm pleased for Myles Weston too, as he hasn't scored all season, and a player of his ability should. And Jake took his goal really well.

"It's lovely to get maximum points out of the last two home matches, but I didn't like us.

"Don't get me wrong, Coventry have some excellent players and we got tested, but we were sloppy at times and it could have been 4-4.

"We made silly mistakes - I want the players to think about winning matches and being a bit more solid.

"I don't know how close we are [to survival]. We've just got to keep on getting points. We're delighted to have 44 points, but there's still work to do."

The victory sealed back-to-back wins for the Gills for the first time under Taylor and Coventry manager Steven Pressley was far from impressed.

Gillingham's Leon Legge was the culprit for both of the Sky Blues penalties but Pressley sympathised with his own defender Andrew Webster, who felled Akinfenwa for the decisive third goal.

"I'm going to see the referee, and I've watched the DVD to ensure I was correct in what I was thinking," he said.

"If you look at the second penalty that was given to them, the referee let play go on, the player missed the chance, then signalled for the penalty.

"I was at a meeting about this, and you can't have it both ways - he should make one decision or another.

"And for the Callum Wilson [second] penalty, the rule is not last man, it's denying a goalscoring opportunity.

"He was ahead of the last two defenders, he was brought down [and Legge should have been sent off]. The decisions are beyond me.

"I think that the team's performance was brilliant, though. Throughout the 90 minutes, even with 10 men, we were the dominant team, our desire to do things was terrific and at one-one there was only one team who was going to win the game."

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