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Evtimov: Tomorrow will be a completely different game

Stanley goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov previews tomorrow's game with Gillingham

25 October 2019

Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov admitted that the team's performance levels dropped in the second half against Peterborough United, and that tomorrow's game with Gillingham will be a completely different game.

Stanley conceded four second half goals in the defeat to Darren Ferguson's side, and Evtimov explained how frustrating the defeat was to take after being so dominant during the first half.

"If people went to the game they will have seen that we were well on top during the first half, we had lots of chances and they didn't really threaten us before the break.

"For some reason in the second half, we made mistakes and for every single mistake we made, they scored a goal from it, but if people went to the game then they will know that we were more than just in it for a lot of the game.

"The difference was that we didn't take our chances in the first half and they were much more clinical with their chances after the break."

Offrande Zanzala had a goal disallowed during first half added time and Evtimov admitted that after watching the goal back, he feels that the goal shouldn't have been ruled out.

"I spoke to Ozzy (Offrande Zanzala) after the game, and he said it hit his shoulder, and I've watched the goal back after the game and you can't really see well from the camera angle but it has hit his shoulder.

"I was really confused at the time, because I wasn't sure what was happening and whether it had been ruled out for offside.

"That goal would have made a massive difference because we would have been one up and you never know, we might have secured the three points or we certainly would have been in a better position to earn a draw."

Despite losing 4-0 to Peterborough at the Weston Homes Stadium, Evtimov also went on to explain that he is of the opinion that there isn't much between the teams at the top and the teams elsewhere in the table.

"They're top for a reason, they've got very good players, but I've said it before, in this league you can't really see the difference between the teams at the top and the teams elsewhere in the table.

"Teams are very equal and we were so much better than them in the first half, but they were better than us after the half-time break.

"It just shows that we're a good team and even though the score was 4-0, we've closed them out for more than half of the game.

"They've got a very good front three of Marcus Maddison, Ivan Toney and Mo Eisa and they've got a crazy amount of goals between them already this season.

"You can tell they're a good team and you know they'll be up there come the end of the season and they'll probably get promoted."

The Reds face Steve Evans' Gillingham at home tomorrow afternoon and Stanley's goalkeeper knows that the game will be completely different to the last two matches against Ipswich Town and Peterborough.

"We showed on Sunday against Ipswich that we're a really good team and can hurt the top teams, unfortunately on Wednesday night we weren't as clinical, we didn't take our chances, and we were then punished for our mistakes.

"I hope during tomorrow's game that we're the side that is punishing the opposition for making mistakes, and we need to be more compact at the back.

"Tomorrow will be a completely different game to either Sunday or Wednesday but it should be a good game, Gillingham are quite similar to us so it will be a good battle between the two teams."


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