Gills chief Allen takes pride in side's fightback
GILLINGHAM were on the brink of only their third defeat in League Two this season until former Argyle centre-back Adam Barrett scored a late equaliser.
Barrett headed home in the 89th minute to earn a point for the table toppers with a 2-2 draw against the Pilgrims.
It was the Gillingham captain's first goal since a summer move from League One outfit Bournemouth.
Manager Martin Allen (top) commended his players for their never-say-die spirit and had special words of praise for 32-year-old Barrett.
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Allen said: "Adam has got a great record over the last 10 years of scoring goals.
"He is often up around the six to the nine mark for a season. It's one of the reasons we bought him.
"Not only is he a great leader, a great captain and a great professional, he gets goals.
"It's just typical, I suppose, that our captain steps up when we needed it," added the Gills boss.
Allen's side remained five points clear at the top of League Two after the draw against Argyle.
He had expected a reaction from the Pilgrims after a couple of very disappointing defeats for them.
First, Argyle had lost 1-0 away to part-timers Dorchester Town in the FA Cup last Sunday.
Then they had been beaten 2-1 by Burton Albion at Home Park three nights later, despite taking the lead early in the second half.
Allen was pleased with the resilience of the Gills to twice come from behind against Argyle.
He said: "The players deserve a huge amount of credit for the comeback. They just don't know when they are beaten.
"With their fitness levels, they are relentless. They just keep going and going.
"This is another great point for our club on our travels. After the week they (Argyle) have had, it was always going to be a bit of a concern.
"They lost to a non-league team and then they played very well against Burton but were beaten.
"We were the third team in line in the week and you can imagine I was thinking, 'Oh my God, this is not a good time to go there'.
"They certainly played with a lot of passion and a lot of enthusiasm and gave us a right good game, there is no doubt about that.
"But, like I say, our Gillingham players just keep going and going and they got the break they deserved."
Allen added: "There are going to be days where it doesn't quite go as you want it to go, and this was one of them, but what a great point when that happened.
"It looked like we were down and out. We didn't do anything different on the side. The players stepped it up.
"It was a brilliant cross to the back post, a great ball back across by Myles (Weston) and there is your captain steaming in with a header, where the boots are flying, to smash it in the net.
"Every player and every member of the squad on the bench erupted. What a fantastic response."