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Ady Pennock ‘bitterly disappointed’ by Gillingham performance after 4-1 defeat at Rochdale

PUBLISHED: 09:43 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 20 March 2017

Ady Pennock. Pic; Andy Archer

Ady Pennock. Pic; Andy Archer

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The Gills are 18th in League One with seven games to go

Ady Pennock admitted he was “bitterly disappointed” by his team’s performance as Gillingham slumped to a 4-1 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.

Striker Josh Parker cancelled out Nat Mendez-Laing’s superb opener in the first period but further goals from Ian Henderson, Callum Camps and Peter Vincenti gave the hosts a deserved victory.

With a nine point gap between themselves and the drop zone with just seven games left, the Gills are probably safe from relegation, but Pennock said after the game he expected far more from his side.

“It was a poor performance, people weren’t doing their jobs,” he said.

“You ask players to do things in training and in the first five minutes [we] get ripped to pieces.

“The goals we conceded were very poor and we’re giving teams goals and a leg-up in the first five minutes.

“I thought we responded well and we could have made it 2-1 but the second goal is just not good enough.

“We’ve got to go back to basics because we’re not doing them right. I’m bitterly disappointed.”

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