GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: MONDAY 16 APRIL 2018

 
 


Gills Team News

With his comment “We still have four games to go and we will do everything we can to win them,” manager Steve Lovell is not likely to take his foot off the pedal. So supporters shouldn’t think that there will be much experimentation with the starting line-up just yet.


One player that might be included is defender Alex Lacey who is expected to be fit again after picking up a knock before the game at Oldham.


The rest of the team probably picks itself as Lovell has not really changed much from the regulars al season. Top scorer Tom Eaves who scored the penalty that got the deserved draw at Oldham could be included at the expense of striker Conor Wilkinson.


Lovell commented, “I am pleased with what the boys have done, they have worked hard but because we have done alright people expect us to win everywhere, it’s not as easy as that.”


With that Lovell has probably indicated that there will be little change against one of the top sides of the League pushing for promotion and not wanting Gills to complete the ‘double’.


Gills probable starting line-up: Tomas Holy, Max Ehmer, Gabriel Zakuani, Alex Lacey, Callum Reilly, Josh Parker, Scott Wagstaff, Bradley Garmston, Mark Byrne, Jake Hessenthaler, and Tom Eaves.


Possible Subs: Tom Hadler, Connor Ogilvie, Bradley Stevenson, Luke O’Neill, Conor Wilkinson, Elliott List and Navid Nasseri.

Manager Paul Warne has a couple of injury problems to contend with. Miller’s influential Joe Newell, who had scored and set up two goals in the Miller’s 3-2 win against Fleetwood missed their last game against leaders Wigan because of a quad strain. The left winger trained this week and will be in the squad.


Midfielder Richie Towell came off late against the Latics and his tight back will be monitored. Warne and his staff will assess all their players before the trip to Kent before deciding on their tactical starting line-up against the Gills.


Warne said, “There will be some tired legs. We’ll see how everyone is. You can soon go from heroes to zeroes in this league. If we’re fortunate enough to get a win at Gillingham, we’ll be really close to what we’re trying to achieve.”


The Miller’s likely team is expected to be: Rodák (pictured below), Emmanuel, Wood, Ihiekwe, Towell, Purrington, Vaulks, Palmer, Taylor, Smith and Newell.

Rotherham United Team News

Miller’s  boss Paul Warne, after finishing bottom of the Championship last season has taken the Millers to within touching distance of an immediate return via the Play-offs where they have been for most of the season. They are comfortable in 4th and despite losing their prolific

Kieffer Moore - they have notched 68 goals - and will be all out to gain revenge for their surprise defeat at home against Gills last October.


On 70 points and with just four games left Warne reckons they are one win away from securing their place in the Play-offs. Warne says three points at Priestfield would mean all but mathematically certain.  Millers are six points clear of the teams behind them, Scunthorpe & Plymouth Argyle, and seven in front of the chasing sides outside of the top six. “We don’t want to stagger into the Play-offs we want to go with some real form and a real swagger, starting with a win at Priestfield.”

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

GILLINGHAM (home games only)

ROTHERHAM (away games only)

D

W

W

W

W

D

L

D

W

L

L

7

D

W

8

D

D

DM

6

Gills and met Rotherham United have met 57 times in League action and have never been drawn against each other in any Cup competition. Our first meeting was over 50 years ago in 1968 when we clashed in the old Division Three and the Millers finished 1-0 victors at Millmoor. In the return that season the Gills were triumphant at Priestfield 2-0.


In the nineties both teams met in Division Four but both managed promotion into League Two before meeting again in the Championship in season 2004/05. Gills won both matches home and away 3-1.


In April 2014 it was a thriller at Priestfield with Gills losing 3-4 despite goals from Akinfenwa, Weston and Bradley Dack. Gills finished in 17th place while Rotherham finished 4th and were promoted via the Play-offs to the Championship. Earlier this campaign Gills won 1-3 away at Rotherham despite the hosts being 5th and Gills in the bottom four.

GILLINGHAM v ROTHERHAM - Head to Head Record . . .

GILLINGHAM WINS 24 - ROTHERHAM WINS 18 - DRAWS 15