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Match Preview: Gillingham

10 November 2017

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game...

Both sides should be in good spirits going into the game, despite their league positions, after convincing results in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the week.

The Gills were involved in what was possibly the most talked about Checkatrade Trophy game of the tournament so far, in a game which saw Steve Lovell’s side reach the last 32 of the competition with an astonishing 7-5 victory over Reading U21s.

Ryan Lowe will be hoping that he can transfer the confidence and performance that his side displayed on Wednesday night into the game at Gillingham.

Speaking after Wednesday’s victory over Stoke City, Ryan told us how important it was to carry the increased confidence into the game at Gillingham ‘It’s very important.  We were bubbly, and we’ll also have fresh players who didn’t play tonight’.

He kept his cards very close to his chest about preparation for Saturday, but one thing that is for sure is that there will be competition for places ‘These are the headaches that you want as a Caretaker Manager.  It will be a headache for me to sleep on and what team I’m going to pick’.

The Shakers’ bench was a very young one against Stoke, with 16-year-old Cameron Hill coming on for his first team debut, and 17-year-old Rob Harker replaced Chris Sang in the 75th minute for his second appearance in a Shakers’ shirt.  Lowe was full of praise for his young charges ‘I wanted to give the kids an opportunity.  I’m happy for Cameron Hill, he’s a 16-year-old kid, made his debut and didn’t look out of place.  That’s what we’re about, we want to give the kids a chance’.

After turning around 4 defeats in a row with a draw and a victory, togetherness is key to moving forward ‘Ultimately it’s a team game.  Collectively, as a unit, as a squad, as a Club, as an 11.  I want every single one of them fighting for each other’.

If the Shakers secure the valuable three points tomorrow, it would also mean that it’s the first time since 1992 that they have won away at Gillingham.

Gillingham Caretaker Manager Steve Lovell know’s that despite the Shakers’ position in the table, it won't be an easy game ‘Bury have a very good squad, they have some good pro’s that have come from higher clubs. It will be another tough game, they have quality in their team and we need to make sure that we match them and go beyond them’.

From a Gillingham injury perspective, Ben Nugent (foot), Alex Lacey (ankle) and Bradley Garmston (hamstring) remain missing for Steve Lovell’s side. Gabriel Zakuani is away on international duty with Congo so Luke O’Neill or Connor Ogilvie may move to centre-back. Billy Bingham (foot) will be out for at least another couple of months but Conor Wilkinson should be fine after picking up a slight ankle problem on Tuesday.

 

Gillingham's View

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Last Time Out

The last time the two clubs met was on 4th March 2017 at Gigg Lane. It was the Gills who came out on top in a 2-1 win with goals from Bradley Dack and Cody McDonald. James Vaughan did manage to pull a goal back but it was Gillingham who left with three points.

 

Referee

Saturday's referee is Charles Breakspear

So far this season, Charles has taken charge of 19 games – showing 66 yellow cards, whilst his red card has been shown 4 times.

His last league game was on Saturday 28th October when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two fixture between Forest Green and Morecambe at The New Lawn. It was a 2-0 win to Forest Green and just two yellow cards were shown, to Morecambe’s Conlan and McGurk.

 

We’ve met before

Saturday’s game is the 55th meeting between the two sides.  The Shakers have won 21 games, whilst Gillingham have won 23, with the sides drawing on 10 occasions.


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