Well that didn’t turn out to be a bad days work did it.
The new manager gets confirmed at lunch time and is paraded to the fans before kick off, and we then proceed to comfortably see off apparently one of the best sides in the division.
Because you have to remember that this is a side that took Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur the distance over two legs of a League Cup semi final.
Not sure how though on today’s evidence.
For me Sheffield United looked very ordinary.
Don’t get me wrong, they were comfortable enough when they had time on the ball, but they didn’t like it when they realised that the home side were going to get in their faces and not allow them the time or the respect to play their game.
After a pretty even first period in which neither side seriously threatened, the (blunt) Blades simply got out thought, out fought and out played by ‘little Gillingham’.
I assume I am not the only one who finds it highly amusing to hear away fans after the game whinging (much in the same way their players spent the entire 90 minutes) about how they lost to ‘the worst side in the league’.
Not a bit of it.
Anyway, enough or our Northern ‘friends’ and their antics, what about us, who impressed today?
Here is RainhamEndViews Gillingham Player Ratings:
Stuart Nelson – 5.5: Shaky early on when trying to claim crosses, but more assured in the second period.
Gavin Hoyte – 7.5: Improving with every game. Solid defensively and pushed on as the game opened up.
John Egan – 8: Another strong display from the player who could prove to be our best free transfer ever.
Max Ehmer – 9: His best performance for the club. Never missed a header or tackle and set up the crucial first.
Bradley Garmston – 8: Another who put in his best effort in blue. Kept it simple and sound defensively.
Josh Pritchard – 5: Looked to be struggling long before he went off injured.
Doug Loft – 7: Much better from the skipper. Constantly wanted the ball and worked harder without it than in previous games.
Jake Hessenthaler – 6: The odd decent pass and worked hard enough, but always feel he can offer a little bit more.
Bradley Dack – 6.5: Not the best display with the ball, but he never shirked a challenge and nothing was a lost cause.
John Marquis – 6: Seemed affected by an early yellow card and knock to the head. His quietest display since arriving.
Cody McDonald – 7: Unlucky with an outrageous volley that cannoned off the bar, and then showed composure to kill the game off.
Danny Galbraith – 6.5: Nice to see him wanting the ball after his early introduction. Glimpses of promise before understandably fading late on.
Jermain McGlashan – 8: Our ‘super sub’ once again made a difference, calmly netting the first before assisting McDonald for the second.
Before I sign off, a massive slap on the back to the caretaker team.
Lovell, Hess, Darren & Mark have done a super job since coming together.
UP THE GILLS!