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Hessenthaler: Wants better from team

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Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler let rip at his players after they threw away a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 against AFC Wimbledon.

The hosts had built a 3-1 lead as Gavin Tomlin scored twice on his home debut as well as creating a goal for fellow forward Jo Kuffour. But the Gills imploded as Garry Richards scored an own goal before Jack Midson converted a penalty and then bagged a last-minute winner.

That defeat, their fourth in their last five games, sent the Kent side out of the play-off places and left Hessenthaler threatening to drop his entire back four.

"There's no excuses, that wasn't good enough," he said. "At 3-1 we should have seen the game out but not even schoolboys would have defended like we did. We switched off, we weren't organised and people made the wrong decisions defensively. Hand on heart, at 3-3 I thought we were going to lose the game. We just didn't look like we were together at that point.

"We've got 20 games to go, we're just outside the play-offs. Can we get in the top three? Not on those last two performances. It's time for me as a manager to do something.

"It's time for a few home truths and I've got to change things around. I'll put the kids in because they can defend better than we did in this game."