Gillingham (H) Match Preview

By Connor O’Reilly

Two points lost or one gained? That’s the question being asked after United’s 2-2 draw against Fleetwood on Saturday. The U’s played some really nice football at times but also left the door open for the Cod Army to grab a point to take back up to Lancashire. More about that game in our report, here.

But Bonner’s boys have little time to dwell on that as they’re right back in action on Tuesday evening against everyone’s favourite man to hate, Steve Evans and his Gillingham side. 

Check out the full Gillingham preview in the latest pod, where we caught up with Gills In The Blood podcast to hear the goings on down in Kent so far this season:

I don’t expect to see many changes after the draw on Saturday, but if anything I can imagine Bonner might have one eye on Saturday’s game against Crewe. Jones coming back into the team ahead of Okedina who is only just returning from injury himself is one I think we’re all hoping for.

Of course as it is a Tuesday (and he’s injured regardless), Wes won’t be available for selection although, bar Taylor who is out long term, we should have a near full team to be able to select from. Personally, I’m hoping to see Lankester get another run out in his quest for fitness, as every game he’s been able to play he has always been able to create something.

Expected U’s Lineup

Mitov, Williams, Jones, Masterson, Iredale, O’Neil, Digby, May, Brophy, Tracey, Ironside

Who’s Their Player To Watch?

Gillingham haven’t had an amazing start, but god knows where they would be without Jamie Cummings. The Chelsea loanee made a name for himself down the road last season at Stevenage, putting in some superb performances for the Boro’, before being loaned out to Gills this season. He’ll be decisive in whether Gillingham manage to get something from this game

Who’s In The Dugout?

Steve Evans. I mean, what is there to say about him that hasn’t already been said? Famous throughout the EFL for his constant antics, you could arguably call him a legend of the lower tiers with spells at Crawley, Rotherham (that touchline celebration still lives rent free in Orient fans’ heads), Mansfield and that lot up the road.

What’s Their Recent Form Like?

Gills have only won once in the last five, that being in the Pizza Cup against Colchester. They have only one win in the league this season, coming on the 28th of August against Morecambe. 

Any Former U’s?

None.

Last Time Out?

Cambridge United 2-0 Gillingham

In UTAS’ favourite competition, the U’s were able to knock out the Gills in the Round of 16 with goals from Luke Hannant and some youngster called Paul Mullin.

From The Archive

Cambridge United 2-2 Gillingham, 25th September 1999

I was only 28 days old when this was played…

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