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Dateline: FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER 2017

 
 


Gills Team News

Boss Lovell has a few selection problems to contend with but also some interesting options following the midweek match in the Kent Senior Cup that put a few youngsters in the fame.


Defender Bradley Garmston and midfielder Scott Wagstaff both played for 45 minutes midweek after coming back from injuries and should be involved. Garmston’s pitch time midweek adds to the defensive options.


Scott Wagstaff was an unused substitute against Portsmouth but his 45 minutes in the Kent Cup probably means he will start.


In defence Gills could still be missing Luke O’Neill who has a hamstring injury and Alex Lacey who is recovering from an injured ankle.


Central defender Ben Nugent could also be missing for selection after hobbling off in the televised defeat against Portsmouth. However, Gabriel Zakuani, back from international duty, should be restored to the middle of the defence.


Midfielder Mark Byrne, suffering a hamstring injury plus had to sit out with a one-game ban, will be available.


The attack options are still a worry with the mis-firing Conor Wilkinson without a goal for the last twenty odd games and top scorer Tom Eaves still missing because of suspension.


Lovell could persevere with equally mis-firing Liam Nash or try young Greg Cundle alongside Wilkinson and/or Elliott List – either way he must find a combination to start scoring the goals needed to lift Gills out of the relegation zone.


Gills possible starters: Tomáš Holý, Finn O’Mara, Gabriel Zanuani, Connor Ogilvie, Lee Martin, Max Ehmer, Josh Parker, Billy Bingham, Conor Wilkinson, Jessie Starkey and Liam Nash.


Possible substitutes from: Steve Arnold, Jake Hessenthaler, Mark Byrne, Darren Oldaker, Greg Cundle, Sean Clare and Elliott List.

Boss Grant McCann might include his summer signing striker Danny Lloyd from Stockport for his first League One start after a goal scoring start against Northampton in the Checkatrade Trophy last time out. McCann thought Lloyd’s performance was excellent.


Peterborough’s much-hyped summer signing striker Ricky Miller from Dover (pictured below) should start as could midfielder Gwion Edwards against struggling manager-less Gills and McCann is backing Miller to set off on a scoring spree once he breaks his campaign duck.


McCann said, “Ricky is a good player and nothing I’ve seen from him this season has changed my mind. Missing the first six games because of suspension didn’t help and he’s had no luck on the field. He’s been denied goals by good saves and he’s hit the woodwork.”


A long-term injury to Junior Morias and the inexperience of teenager Idris Kanu will probably keep Miller in the Posh starting line-up alongside top scorer Jack Marriott, unless McCann decides on a formation change.


McCann has the return to action of free-scoring midfielder Gwion Edwards who has taken time to recover from a groin strain against Wigan in September. Posh have failed to win any of the three matches that Edwards has missed proving his worth to the team.


Fellow midfielder Callum Chettle could also be available on Saturday after recovering from a hamstring injury leaving Morias as the only doubt for boss McCann.

Peterborough Team News

Peterborough boss Grant McCann took his team to top the table briefly during August but they are now fifth after two defeats on the spin and McCann sees the gap between Posh and the top two up to 8 points. He said,“The gap to the top two has grown quickly and obviously we don’t want it to get any bigger. Teams have closed up behind us as well so it’s important we get back to winning ways against Gillingham.”


Posh lost their last home game playing poorly against Oxford 1-4 but see struggling Gills as an easy three points and McCann said, “We had a great August, but a disappointing September. October looks tough, but the now manager-less Gillingham is by far and away the easiest on paper.” McCann continued, “Gillingham won’t come here and lie down. They are desperate for points and it’s a tricky game especially as they now have a new caretaker manager in charge for his first match.”




Form - Last Eight League Games



















LEAGUE ONE TABLE - Up to and including : SATURDAY / 5 AUGUST / 2017

FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE - 2017/2018



HOME
AWAY












Pld
Won
Drw
Lst
Won
Drw
Lst
GsF
GsA
Dif
Pts
Form LAST 5
4
Bradford City
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
3
D
W
D
D
W
14
GILLINGHAM
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
W
L
L
D
D



















League One games

1

2

3

GILLINGHAM (home games only)

SOUTHEND (away games only)

W

W

L

L

W

L

Form - Last Eight Games



















LEAGUE ONE TABLE - Up to and including : SATURDAY / 5 AUGUST / 2017

FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE - 2017/2018



HOME
AWAY












Pld
Won
Drw
Lst
Won
Drw
Lst
GsF
GsA
Dif
Pts
Form LAST 5
4
Bradford City
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
3
D
W
D
D
W
14
GILLINGHAM
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
W
L
L
D
D



















League One games

1

2

3

4

5

Peterborough (home games only)

GILLINGHAM (away games only)

L

W

L

W

L

L

L

W

D

W

L

7

L

L

8

D

W

D

6

Gills have played Peterborough United a total of 43 times in competitive action since the 1980/81 season and recently Gills have had the better of most contests. The two games in the 2014/15 season ended in a Gills 2-1 victory, both at Priestfield and at London Road. Cody McDonald scored both goals in the home game and the reverse fixture was the first in charge for boss Justin Edinburgh. Midfielder Bradley Dack and striker John Marquis scored the two goals in a 2-1 win.


Gills continued their recent good form against Posh the following season when taking four points out of the six available and came close to winning the game at London Road after Deji Oshilaja had scored in the 84th minute but Posh equalized with the last kick of the game. In the return match at Priestfield Gills won 2-1 with goals from Luke Norris and Bradley Dack.


Last time the two met at London Road was on Boxing Day 2016 and ended in a 1-1 draw with Gills stopping sixth placed Posh from winning through a 92 minute Baily Cargill goal. The return was dire performance by a Pennock team at Priestfield and lost to a Junior Morias screamer that beat Gills debut goalkeeper Tomas Holy. This was a third defeat on the bounce that put Gills deep into relegation trouble.

GILLINGHAM v PETERBOROUGH - Head to Head Record . . .

GILLINGHAM WINS 12 - PETERBOROUGH WINS 13 - DRAWS 18