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Gillingham's Lance Cronin delighted with clean sheet

Lance Cronin
Cronin joined Gillingham in the summer after four years with Ebbsfleet

Gillingham goalkeeper Lance Cronin says keeping a clean sheet against Burton was the ideal way to recover from his critical error the week before.

Cronin was blamed for Gills' injury-time defeat at Bradford, when he was out-jumped for the game's only goal.

"It was tough to take after the Bradford game," he told BBC Radio Kent.

"The boss had his say, and I admitted I had to do better. I bounced back, and a couple of useful saves and a clean sheet was just what I needed."

Gillingham beat Burton Albion 1-0 in the 25 year-old's sixth competitive start for the side. He was preferred to Alan Julian, who was still recovering from a hand injury.

"If you can't take criticism, you shouldn't be playing. I'm one of those people who will admit it if they've made a mistake," said Cronin.

"The gaffer (Andy Hessenthaler) has been good to me, he said I had to improve, but he gives out praise when you do well."

Julian started the season as Gills' first choice goalkeeper, but dropped out of the side when he was diagnosed with a fracture in his hand.

"Alan's back in training now, we're good friends and there's healthy competition between the two of us," Cronin said.

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see also
Gillingham 1-0 Burton Albion
25 Sep 10 |  League Two
Gills boss keeps faith in Cronin
23 Sep 10 |  Gillingham
Bradford 1-0 Gillingham
18 Sep 10 |  League Two
Gills sign ex-Fleet keeper Cronin
27 Jul 10 |  Gillingham

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