Date: 10th May 2016 at 6:37pm
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Manager Neil Harris has further reflected on the performance against Gillingham at the weekend, and striker Lee Gregory came in for particular praise for his efforts across the season that have seen him clearly our top scorer.

The 98th minute penalty against Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium was his 25th goal of the campaign so far, and Harris couldn’t have been more pleased with his work rate, attitude and desire to play through the pain barrier this campaign to help our chances of promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Speaking to the official site with all eyes on the first Semi Final leg at Valley Parade this weekend against Bradford, the gaffer said of our star striker.

‘What we have to remember is where the boy has come from since the start of the season. It took him time last year to find his feet and it took him time at the start of the season while playing with niggles, but then he really got into his rhythm scoring a lot of goals. He played for a period of time – I’d say probably about four or five weeks – in agony. It was testament to our medical department that Lee managed to play as long as he did. He never trained other than the odd day; he might come out on a Thursday to participate in a small section of the training session and the same on a Friday, but he continually put himself up to play.’

Gregory did have surgery on his troublesome stomach injury only two odd weeks ago.

‘He came to see me and said he wanted to be involved against Gillingham. Medical science might say he shouldn’t have been and that it should have been next week, but it shows the boy’s mentality.’

With the club also confirming the appeal for Mahlon Romeo’s straight red card in the game, the Football Association panel that deals with such matters have dismissed the appeal for the player.

Our right back is now suspended for the next three games and will miss our Play Off run entirely, or the Semi Final clashes, plus the first competitive game of next season.

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