GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: FRIDAY 12 JANUARY 2018

 
 


Gills Team News

Manager Steve Lovell has a selection concern with striker Tom Eaves, nursing a knee injury following the New Year’s Day victory over Charlton and this could mean that Conor Wilkinson is paired with Greg Cundle in attack.


With the January transfer window open the Gills boss hasn’t ruled out bringing in a new signing before the weekend but this now looks unlikely or at best will be a late Friday signing.


At the beginning of the week Lovell indicated that he was looking to bring “two or three” new faces. He said, “There could possibly be one in. That is what we are hoping for and something could be happening.”


Lovell added, “If it’s not this week, hopefully two or three people will come in before the end of January.” Some supporters are skeptical and reckon that if Gills pick up three points against Rochdale and a further move up the table, Chairman Paul Scally might keep the money safe until next season’s fight for a Championship place.


With Sean Clare back at his parent Club Sheffield Wednesday, he will be replaced in midfield by Scott Wagstaff alongside Bradley Garmston who performed well against Charlton.


Speedy winger Elliott List also reported back fit after a short illness. The rest of the Gills squad, apart from long-term injuries, are ready to go.

Rochdale have not won a League One game since late November but displayed an excellent performance to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup beating League One rivals Doncaster - They now face Millwall away.


Dale’s young midfielder Daniel Adshead has been impressive in the short time at Dale and looks a tremendous prospect (see below).


Top striker Ian Henderson, who scored against Gills in their first game between the two Clubs this season will be one to watch. Defender Harrison McGahey is also the ‘rock’ that has to be breached for Gills to win.


Manager Keith Hill has already dipped into the transfer market signing 21-year-old defender  Ryan Delaney from Burton Albion. Hill believed he had to be quick to sign Delaney before he recreated his Cork City form in English football as that would have alerted other Clubs.

Rochdale Team News

Manager Keith Hill was pleased with his teams progress into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup but unhappy after the following match against Lincoln City when they lost in the CheckaTrade Trophy. Rochdale lost to a late goal by the League Two side and Hill said, “It’s unacceptable and it’s a chain of errors. We shouldn’t be conceding in that manner at that late stage of the game.”


“I was preparing for penalties, but we got done with the sucker punch when we need to have a bit more concentration. I’m disappointed that we’re out. This competition is a good opportunity to be successful but we’re out.” Hill has got to concentrate on League One with his team second from bottom in deep trouble, having lost their last three matches and won only one of their last seven. More importantly they have yet to win on the road this season in thirteen attempts.


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 8 in all competitions



















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

GILLINGHAM (home games only)

ROCHDALE (away games only)

W

D

L

D

L

D

W

L

L

W

L

7

D

L

8

D

W

D

6

Almost all of the games between the two, since 1959, have been in the lower divisions. There was a break with the 1995/96 Division Three encounters to the League Two Play-off Finals at the end of the 2008/09 season. Gills won the two-leg Play-off semis 2-1 to reach Wembley.

 

Last campaign Gills won again at Priestfield, beating then fifth placed Rochdale with goals from Frank Nouble, JET and Mark Byrne that moved Gills to within three points of the Play-offs.

Rochdale the March return 4-1 and this was their first victory in eleven and their first home win of 2017. Gills ended the match with ten men after Zesh Rehman was dismissed.


Gills had striker Tom Eaves sent off at Rochdale earlier this season and had to play the whole of the second half with ten men. They were badly beaten 3-0 – a game that went a long way to seeing the end of Ady Pennock’s term as boss.

GILLINGHAM v ROCHDALE - Head to Head Record . . .

GILLINGHAM WINS 13 - ROCHDALE WINS 13 - DRAWS 15

Daniel

Adshead

looks

a fine

prospect