The five key quotes from Oliver Lee's post-Crewe press conference
Lee was beaming after his side's performance on Tuesday | Photo by David Horton - CameraSport via Getty Images

Gillingham came out on top against Crewe Alexandra in League One on Tuesday evening, seeing off Dave Artell's men 4-1.

Goals from Jordan Graham, Kyle Dempsey and Oliver Lee (2) ensured Chris Porter's late consolation was in vain - after the game, Lee faced the press. Here are five of his key quotes.

On his assessment of the game

“It was enjoyable. Apart from the first minute, we were comfortable for the first-half and on top for the whole thing. It was just a matter of taking our chances and putting them to bed. 

“Then we have spoken a lot about being professional, getting through the first 15 of the second-half, because know they are going to come hard, and getting through that. They are a good side – a lot of people have spoken about Crewe being a top side in this league and we have shown we can be a top side in this league on our day.”

Gillingham dominated the match, particularly the first-half. They pressed Crewe high and forced them into mistakes, winning the tactical battle with ease. 

A successful evening for those associated with the Gills.

On his goals

“It was a nice first goal. I managed to touch it through his legs, and he had hold of me – he is a strong boy, but as soon as the ball was there, I wanted to kick it in the net – I do not want Jordan Graham [Gillingham penalty taker] to get my goals, so I have got to take them! 

“I am not Alan Shearer – I timed the run of the second nicely and I am a decent size, so I should score a few more with my head really – my old man will be happy because he always tells me that.”

Lee's first goal involved a bit of a wrestling match with Crewe defender Omar Beckles, but the Gillingham man won, poking the ball through Beckles' legs before slotting home.

His second was a neat header after Ryan Jackson's long throw was flicked on by Connor Ogilvie. Two brilliant efforts that he was more than happy with.

On life back at Gillingham

“It is not a bad start, but it is just a start. It is the first few games, we have got some new players in and it takes time to gel, but we are enjoying it, playing our stuff and long may it continue. 

“It is no different to last season. It is good fun – it is always entertaining being here and we are at it and doing things right. As long as we keep the group together, keep people on the front foot and keep pushing each other then who knows what could happen?”

Lee only recently re-joined the Gills and life has been good since his return. After a run of five losses in six games, Steve Evans' side have picked up two wins and a draw since Lee signed.

The player himself is enjoying his football, too. That is very important.

On his football

“I just like being out on a football pitch and having fun and enjoying myself. That is what I have done these first three games – they have all been different games – but it is nice to be back out on the pitch. 

“We miss the fans here; Priestfield would have been rocking. It is a good place to play our football, but it is what it is –  I am enjoying my football at the minute."

As aforementioned, Lee is enjoying his football. Naturally, he misses the fans, but, if he is healthy and firing, Gillingham are in for a successful run in.

On a potential play-off charge

“There is still a long way to go, but we are capable. The gaffer has spoken about consistency and that will be a big thing with this team. We have got a lot of young players in there and few old heads like myself that can come and help that out, but I really do think the sky is the limit with this side – when we are at it, no one wants to play Gillingham and that is credit to the team and staff that have made that.

“We need to keep getting better and better and take each game as it comes. If there is ever a season for someone to sneak in there it is this season; every team can beat everyone – I do not see there being a runaway winner to be honest, I think it will go to the wire and as long as we are in and about it, teams will not want to play us.”

Gillingham are currently seven points off the play-off spots, but there is a long way to go in this campaign and they are in a good run of form.

​​​​​​​Steve Evans' teams are usually better in the second-half of the season - if everything falls into place this campaign, don't rule the Gills out of a top six finish.

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