Allen marvels at 'magical' Gills

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Martin Allen is delighted with Gillingham's progress
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Martin Allen is delighted with Gillingham's progress

Boss Martin Allen described Gillingham's 4-1 hammering of in-form Burton as 'magical' as the leaders continued their blistering start to the npower League Two season.

Defenders Tom Flanagan and Matt Fish grabbed their first goals of the season to put Allen's side in control of the game at half-time. Zander Diamond pulled one back for the visitors before Myles Weston and Joe Martin struck in quick succession to put the result beyond doubt.

Allen, who is convinced he is building something special on and off the field at the Priestfield Stadium, was delighted with his side's performance, saying: "That was fantastic and what a magical afternoon. It was great to watch, we played great football. Burton hadn't lost in eight games; they're a really good team, so that was a decent result for us.

"Full credit to the players, they did really well. I didn't do anything, they got on with it. They work as a team, they play as a team and everybody plays their part. They're receptive, they want to learn, they're hungry and they're a pleasure to work with.

"It takes time to build a fan base, it doesn't happen overnight. I've had some stupid letters, people complaining about this and that. It takes time to evolve and the people that came are our salesmen and women. They can go and tell their friends that there's a nice vibe at Gillingham."

Burton boss Gary Rowett admitted his team had been outplayed and insists Albion should use Gillingham as a benchmark for the rest of their campaign.

"Gillingham are an excellent team. They're by far the best team we've played against this season and if I had to tip now, they will comfortably win the league," said Rowett. "They gave us a really good lesson, and it's really important that we learn from that.

"They were hard to defend against and at times we didn't do our jobs properly. When we eventually got our goal they scored quickly after and we couldn't get a foothold in the game. Gillingham defended well, they're a very organised team to play against. I just said to the players that when we've been good this season, we've been good as a team.

"When we've been poor, we've become a team of individuals who try to look good on their own and it doesn't work. You look at Gillingham, because it was a team performance, you look at individuals. With us, you can't single out anyone. We've got to learn from the result. It's given us a benchmark, it shows where we need to be.

"We're a little short at the moment. That's our first loss in nine games, so I'm not going to berate the team because we've been good over that period."

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