Wilnis adamant ball was out
DEVASTATED Dutchman Fabian Wilnis is adamant Gillingham should not have been allowed to go on and score their dramatic last-gasp winner.But as heart-breaking as the result was, Wilnis believes they should not dwell on the negative aspects of the game.
DEVASTATED Dutchman Fabian Wilnis is adamant Gillingham should not have been allowed to go on and score their dramatic last-gasp winner.
But as heart-breaking as the result was, Wilnis believes they should not dwell on the negative aspects of the game.
The defender insists the ball was out of play and he was fouled by Mamady Sidibe before Nicky Southall picked up a loose ball and passed for Mark Saunders to score the winner.
Wilnis said: "The ball was out and everyone stood still. The linesman could not see because he was on the other side of the pitch. Everyone stopped but you know you should always play to the whistle.
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"We all thought it was going to be a corner or even a free kick to us because I felt a push in the back but he let the game play on."
It was a kick in the teeth for Town, who looked as if they had secured one point.
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Wilnis added: "That summed up our whole day. We had got back in the game and I would have been happy with a point."
Once again, Town started slowly but Wilnis wants people to ignore the problem lest it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
He said: "We must not worry about it too much. It is becoming a big deal and we should not let it get into our heads.
"People are getting upset about it, and even though we know we need to play better to begin with than we have in the past three games, it will happen. We should not make an issue out of it."
Once Tommy Miller had gone on as a substitute Town perked up and looked as if they could snatch a win from the jaws of defeat.
Wilnis said: "For some parts of the second half we played well, moved the ball around well, but on the whole we made too many mistakes.
"That may have been down to a lack of communication. It was one of those days where nothing went right for us and those games happen during a season."
With an encounter against former boss George Burley on the horizon, Wilnis is resetting his sights.
"We have to get over this. We are a good side and we showed we always have enough chances to win games. We know we need to put things right, especially with Derby County coming up on Saturday."