Gillingham manager Steve Evans reflected on a 1-1 draw with Championship hopefuls Oxford United this weekend by highlighting an incident with U’s winger Tariq Fosu.
Fosu opened the scoring in the first half before Olly Lee bagged a penalty on the hour mark to level things up, but it was Fosu’s antics that raised Evans ire during the game.
The former Charlton man went down injured, but suddenly recovered to almost head home a cross, lifting the roof of the Rainham End and, in Evans’ eyes at least, helping to create the atmosphere which sparked their comeback.
“The Rainham End were absolutely tremendous,” Evans told the Kent Messenger. “I think in actual fact their player (Fosu), who was dead in the first half, he was dead wasn’t he? He gets (up and puts) a cross into the box and their player jumps to head it and nearly gets on it at the far stick. The referee said it was just someone having a bit of fun.”
“It raised the Rainham End and I am not knocking Fosu, he is a terrific talent, but you can’t do that son! He is too good a player for anyone to go out of the ground and remember that incident, they should remember the outstanding footwork when he gets on the ball.”
It wasn’t the only flashpoint of a typically feisty game between sides managed by fiery characters. Evans clashed with Jamie Mackie during the encounter, which sees the Gills into 14th place.
The moment we loved this week was when Jamie Mackie started to receive shouts of ‘you fat b*stard’ from the Gills fans. He turned and pointed to Evans in the dugout; classic banter if ever we saw it.
This was a decent result for Gillingham, who are much more solid and organised under Evans. It might prove to be a good appointment yet; he’s not a well-liked character in football but he doesn’t have money to throw around under Paul Scally and perhaps he’s building a decent squad because of the lack of trading.
As for Fosu; he did exactly the same as we see up and down the country every week. Move on, nothing to see here.