Steve Evans feels Gillingham deserved extra at Sunderland – and praises Mikael Mandron


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Steve Evans believes his Gillingham facet deserved further from their FA Cup to begin with-spherical entice with Sunderland on the Stadium of Mild.

The 2 sides will demand a replay in Kent, potential per week on Tuesday, simply after a one-1 entice on Wearside, with Olly Lee scoring an equaliser for the readers quickly after Aiden McGeady’s opener.

Sunderland had dominated the to begin with 50 % of the match and must have been even additional ahead on the crack simply after Chris Maguire missed a sitter.

However a giant response from his side following the interval nonetheless left Evans delighted.

He claimed: “On the muse of 90 minutes I’m not joyful with a draw. Their purpose was a deflection, although my goalkeeper claims that.

“We now have to have notion and character under and we may have acquired the second half greater than one-.

“I used to be sad at 50 %-time given that we labored on a method all week and didn’t activate it in any respect within the 1st-50 %, so we stripped it again to fundamentals.

“We skilled odds to accumulate it, however we do battle but once more in ten days and it is going to be as tough because it was today.

“Olly Lee and Mikael [Mandron] arrived alive second-half after we pressed the ball and Olly with the ball at his ft in these pockets was extraordinary. Mikael develop to be much more bodily second-fifty p.c and rather more of an asset.

“In case you strip out in entrance of the individuals or 30,000 right here you need to be decided to take pleasure in. We have been being let all the way down to go in on the rear of.

“All of it labored second-half for us, it was the best we’ve carried out on the road this yr. As a 45 you need to measure good high quality from high-quality, and participant in the direction of participant, and it’s superior ultimate consequence for us to simply take them once more – however it is just improbable if we purchase the replay.

“To a male the players said they had been dissatisfied to attract.”

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When not an everyday starter for Evans, earlier Sunderland academy graduate Mikael Mandron was out there this sort of an probability on his return to the Stadium of Lightweight.

And Evans had rather more distinctive reward for the French striker.

“Mandron, it is about time he was wanting unsightly,” the Gills supervisor talked about. “He often takes good enjoyment of his visible look ever day proper after education and he’s took a bash and dropped the best a part of a tooth on the market.

“He’s a earlier Sunderland participant and collaborating in in opposition to a former facet, in case you are not sure who to take pleasure in up entrance he was the one a single to come back in following the entice whistling and signing so you could possibly see what it often means to him to reach once more under.

“If you’re Phil [Parkinson], you might be dissatisfied, and I do know Jon [McLaughlin] and he’s a superb goalkeeper. If you don’t get that mistake I’d be sat on this article devastated to not be within the rivals.

“If that was a league video game then that wold be their beginning XI. Phil is a excellent supervisor and I did not assume him for 1 minute to play a weakened aspect.”