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Dateline: THURSDAY 20 APRIL 2017

 
 

Form Guide - last 8 games

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GILLINGHAM (home games only)

FLEETWOOD (away games only)

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W

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L

D

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8

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Gills and Fleetwood Town have only played each other seven times in total - twice in League Two and five times in League One as the League’s relative new boys only reached the Football League for season 2013/14 for the first time in their history.


They have proved tough opponents for Gills as the first time they won any game against Fleetwood was last season when they triumphed 5-1 at Priestfield. Gills actually went a goal behind but roared back with two goals from Rory Donnelly and one each from Jordan Houghton, John Egan and Cody McDonald. However normal service between the two teams was resumed in April of last year when Fleetwood won the reverse game 2-1.


Earlier this campaign, in October at Fleetwood, the game was tight but The Cod Army finished 2-1 winners. After Jake Hessenthaler had equalized Fleetwood’s opening goal Gills conceded a late winner at the back post following a corner.

GILLINGHAM v Fleetwood Town - Head to Head Record . . .

GILLINGHAM WINS 1 - Fleetwood Town wins 4 - DRAWS 2

Gills Team News

Gills head coach Ady Pennock has just got to find the correct formation to stop Fleetwood scoring. Zesh Rehman will probably be restored to the centre of the defence alongside Max Ehmer after he was on the bench at Charlton.


Not an easy selection task for Pennock but on the Easter Monday Charlton showing it could well signal that midfielder Lee Martin and the Bournemouth loan duo of striker Joe Quigley and Harry Cornick dropping to the substitute’s bench. Chris Herd remains a possible defensive player for Pennock to use if needed.


Bradley Dack returned to the Gills midfield at Charlton but was not at his best. Hopefully the 90 minutes at the Valley will help for this game.


Goalkeeper Tomas Holy is showing signs of pressure and could be faulted for some of the goals scored over Easter. Pennock might be tempted to bring back Stuart Nelson.


In attack Cody McDonald will probably continue and Pennock might well partner him with Rory Donnelly for a rare start. Josh Parker could also be given a starting place.


The Gills will again be without Scott Wagstaff who is still struggling with  his Achilles injury.


Gills possible starting line-up: Tomas Holy, Ryan Jackson, Max Ehmer, Deji Oshilaja, Zesh Rehman, Cody McDonald, Emmanuel Osadebe, Rory Donnelly, Bradley Dack, Josh Parker and Josh Wright.


Possible substitutes: Stuart Nelson, Lee Martin,, Jake Hessenthaler, Chris Herd, Joe Quigley, Harry Cornick, Mitchell Dickenson, Ollie Muldoon and Greg Cundle.

Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler is pleased with striker Wes Burns returning from an ankle injury. And Rosler is hopeful Burns’ fellow forward Devante Cole and centre-half Cian Bolger could be in contention for Priestfield.


Fleetwood’s top scorer is David Ball (pictured below) with 13 goals but Rosler said it is a ‘big relief’ after Ben Davies headed home against Millwall to secure a Play-off place.


Fleetwood goalkeeper Alex Cairns made a string of wonderful saves to keep the win intact and appears in top form. The Gills strikers will have to achieve what the Millwall hit-men just couldn’t.


The probable Fleetwood team: Cairns, Eastham, Pond, Davies, McLaughlin, Brannagan, Glendon, Grant, Bell, Ball and Burns.


Possible substitutes from: Davis, Nirennold, Hunter, Woolford, Dempsey, Schwabl, Urwin, Cole and Bolger.

Fleetwood Town Team News

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With second place Bolton surprisingly failing to beat struggling Bury this week, it has left a great chance for Fleetwood and manager Uwe Rösler to overtake them and move into the automatic promotion slot. Fleetwood have confirmed their Place-off place and they have a decent record against their top six rivals but will be looking for a top two position.


They just have to beat Gills, something that they have completed six times in the seven meetings between the sides. The Cod Army have confidence to do the job at Priestfield as they have chalked up nine points from their last four outings, including an impressive victory at Peterborough United. Along with Bolton and Bradford, boss Uwe Rösler has organised his players into an effective defensive unit where they have only conceded the second lowest of 41 goals in 44 matches. This is a toughie for Gills and one that requires full action from every player.