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Gilks' Penalty Delight

12 March 2014

Speaking after his spot-kick save

Straight after edging ahead would have been a disappointing time to let Millwall back in the game last night, so when they were awarded a penalty all Blackpool eyes were on Matt Gilks.

Thankfully the goalkeeper kept out Steve Morison's kick, and that set the tone for a full-blooded performance from The Seasiders, as they secured the allusive three points.

Whilst he was unfortunate to not keep out Lewis Grabban's spot kick on Saturday, Gilks bounced back when it really mattered.

"So suddenly after going 1-0 up it would have been a bad time to concede, and probably a good time to save it as well," said Gilks.

"I think it was a harsh penalty anyway, he is never going to get the ball. The referee said it wasn't a goalscoring opportunity, but a foul, so he has given it for that, which is fair enough. 

"You go one way or the other and you save it, fortunately tonight I did, unfortunately on Saturday I didn't. 

"I'm just doing my bit for the team, Ricky has come up with a great goal, with a good delivery from the corner and a good header, so he can do his job at one end and I'll do mine at the other."

The victory saw Pool end a run of 18 games without a win, and whilst there have been some positive results amongst that, Gilks admits it inevitably took its toll on the players.

"Obviously being here for a sixth season I speak probably more than others in the changing room and I said on Saturday that it was low, probably one of the lowest I've even known it between the lads. 

"Results dictate people's attitudes and we did hit a low to be quite honest, and we had to rally. We came in on Monday, looked each other in the eye and knew we were in a dogfight and that we had to perform.

"The win should have come earlier. If we didn't get three points we'd definitely be looking over our shoulders. We can't afford to rely on others, we need to take it by the horns every game now, like it is our last, like those three points are needed."

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