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Preview: Gillingham v Fleetwood Town

26 January 2018

Fleetwood Town make the long trip South this Saturday as they head to Gillingham looking to replicate their second half performance in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

A week off thanks to the rearrangement of the Checkatrade Trophy tie against Yeovil Town has allowed Uwe Rosler to replenish his side ahead of the near 500 mile round trip to Kent.

It will be a tough test for Town though, with the Gills unbeaten in their last seven league games, winning five.

Uwe Rosler says…

We have enjoyed a break after the Blackburn game. It was a busy period for all the players, and the staff as well. We are refreshed.

“Gillingham have good energy and spirit. They have match winners, and they know how to see out wins.

“We have confidence in the way we play, but at the moment we seem to picking up more points way from home.”

Steve Lovell says…

“At home, we haven’t started as brightly as should do so that is something we need to address.

“Teams will have a different approach to us now than they would have done six games ago.

The Form Guide

In the league, Gillingham have lost just once since the 21st October, and have won three on the spin in Sky Bet League One, beating Scunthorpe United 3-1 at Glanford Park last Saturday.

Fleetwood have won three of their last five league games, but had also won five away games on the spin before the FA Cup defeat at Leicester City.

Gills last five (league): DDWWW

Town last five (league): WWLWL

We’ve Met Before

Fleetwood and Gillingham have already met once this season, with the Kent side grabbing a 2-0 win at Highbury three days before Christmas, thanks to goals from Josh Parker and Luke O’Neill.

Town’s last visit to the Priestfield Stadium will live long in the memory of the Cod Army, as Kyle Dempsey’s 93rd minute winner put Fleetwood within touching distance of the Championship and took the promotion race with Bolton Wanderers to the final day of the season. An Alex Cairns own goal had put the Gills ahead before Ash Hunter equalised, but Rory Donnelly put the hosts back in front. David Ball leveled things up again with ten minutes to go, before Dempsey’s late winner sealed an incredible 3-2 win.

One to Watch

With ten goals to his name this season, Tom Eaves is the player Fleetwood should be wary of this Saturday. Striker Eaves scored the third in Gillingham’s win at Scunthorpe last weekend, as well as the second in their big win at Charlton Athletic on New Year’s Day. A product of the famed Crewe Alexandra academy, he began his professional career with Oldham Athletic before signing for Bolton Wanderers in 2010. However, Eaves only made four appearances in his six year spell at the Macron Stadium, with management opting to loan him out, with spells at Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury, Rotherham, Yeovil and Bury. He signed permanently for Gillingham in the summer of 2017, and has appeared in 24 of Gillingham’s games this season.

Fancy a Flutter?

Sky Bet have released their odds for Saturday’s clash, and have Fleetwood at 9/5 to win the contest, while Gillingham are 6/4 and a draw at 9/4.

Conor McAleny grabbed Town’s goal against Blackburn last weekend, and for him to score first and Town to win 2-1 in a scorecast is available at 40/1. 

A repeat of last season’s heroic 3-2 win in Kent is priced at 33/1.

Paddy Madden enjoyed success on his last away trip, scoring in the 2-1 win at Southend, and is just 2/1 to hit the back of the net once more in this one.

A 2-1 win for Fleetwood is priced at 9/1, with a 1-1 draw available at 9/2.

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Match Reports

Report: Late goal cancels out Madden opener as Town lose to Gillingham

27 January 2018

A stoppage time penalty from Tom Eaves meant Fleetwood returned to Lancashire pointless, after a 2-1 defeat to Gillingham at Priestfield on Saturday.

Eaves coolly slotted home his second of the match for the hosts, completing the turnaround for the Gills after Paddy Madden’s first half opener. Eaves had equalised shortly after half time with a flick from a corner. 

Town defended well – especially in the second half – but the pressure from the hosts paid off with a late goal, after Wes Burns fouled Callum Reilly in the area.

Uwe Rosler made four changes from last Saturday’s match against Blackburn Rovers, with Kevin O’Connor being handed his Fleetwood Town debut. Ashley Hunter, Conor McAleny and George Glendon all returned to the starting line up, replacing Gethin Jones, Wes Burns, Markus Schwabl and Devante Cole. 

Town started brightly at Priestfield and played some nice football early on in the contest. The deadly trio of Hunter, McAleny and Madden up front showed early signs of causing issue to the Gills backline, as McAleny almost allowed Hunter through to round Tomas Holy in the hosts’ goal.

Fleetwood were rewarded for their early dominance as they took the lead 12 minutes in. A corner whipped in by Hunter and rebounded to Glendon, whose goal-bound shot was deflected. The ball was then saved miraculously by Holy from Madden’s shot, before McAleny fired across goal into the path of the Irishman to score his second goal in a red shirt.

Gills grew into the game, but didn’t test Chris Neal until Lee Martin fired straight at him when the better option would have been to square it.

Eaves then flicked on a header from Luke O’Neill, but again this was easy for Neal. Mark Byrne then sent an effort well wide of the mark.

Neal was then forced to get down low to palm away Reilly’s piledriver.

The windswept countryside was making play difficult for both sides, and there was a lull in the game as it headed towards half time.

There was still time for Hunter to whip a free kick into the Gills box for a plethora od diving heads, but it went all the way into the hands of Holy. Hunter himself then had the chance to double the lead as he intercepted a loose back pass from O’Neill, but the awkward angle didn’t allow him to get the shot away.

Gillingham came out fighting in the second half and were quick to get going as Reilly whipped a cross in for O’Neill to head.

They grabbed an equaliser soon after that as Tom Eaves flicked on a corner from O’Neill to level things up.

By this point the Gills were well on top and threatening to take the lead, as they piled the pressure on Rosler’s Reds.

Town survived a spell of penalty area pinball and a stroke of luck allowed Madden to make a barnstorming run down the right, before he teed up McAleny, who could only fire wide of Holy’s goal.

The hosts then had another chance as Josh Parker flicked a corner over the bar.

Neal was then forced into action once again to deny Eaves after a blistering counter attack left three attackers on two Town defenders. Seconds later he then made amends for his own spill by punching Eaves second effort to safety.

In a period of extended pressure, Lewie Coyle was called into action to head a goal bound cross away from the line. With Gillingham’s tails well up, Fleetwood had to dig their heels in to keep the scores level.

Fleetwood survived again and the introduction of Wes Burns and Jordy Hiwula saw Town look rejuvenated heading into the final ten minutes of the match.

But still, Gills came at Town, as Parker’s effort was deflected wide.

As the clock ticked towards 90, Madden flicked a ball over the Gills defence, allowing Burns to get a forehead to it, but Holy was made to back track and tip the goal bound effort over for a corner.

Things were about to turn sour for Town, as referee Brett Huxtable awarded the home side a penalty in the 90th minute. Eaves duly stepped up to slot past Neal and win the match for the hosts.

Straight from kick off though, Town broke and could have grabbed a very last gasp equaliser, but Hiwula’s ball into the six yard box was cleared at the last moment. That was Fleetwood’s final chance, as the ref called time on a feisty contest.

Gillingham: Holy (GK), O’Neill, Garmston (Lacey), Ehmer, Zakuani (Ogilvie), Hessenthaler, Eaves, Martin ©, Parker (List), Reilly, Byrne.

Subs not used: Nelson (GK), Wilkinson, Nash, Moussa.

Fleetwood: Neal (GK), Coyle, O’Connor, Eastham, Dempsey, McAleny (Hiwula), Bolger, Diagouraga, Madden, Glendon (Grant), Hunter (Burns).

Subs not used: Cairns (GK), Rodgers, Jones, Schwabl.

Ref: Mr B Huxatable

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Ticket News

Gillingham tickets and travel on sale

18 January 2018

Tickets and coach travel are now on sale for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One fixture at Gillingham.

Uwe Rosler’s side travel to the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday 27th January 2018 (3pm k/o), looking to build on recent strong away form, with victories at Hereford, Southend and twice at Bury.

FTFC supporters will be situated in The Brian Moore Stand, with prices as follows:

Adult - £20

Seniors - £16

Under 18/Student - £6

Under 12 - £6

Promotional offer

Any supporter who purchases a pair of any age category tickets, the price of both tickets will equal just £20.

*This offer only applies to tickets that are purchased in advance from the club.*


Coach travel

Official supporters coaches will be departing Highbury at 6:30am, costing only £15 for all supporters.

For further information on this fixture, contact the ticket office by calling 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.

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