Momentum and confidence are two massive things in football, and the Gills currently have both in abundance.
After losing their first two league games in caretaker charge, the ‘Fabulous Four’ then turned around the fortunes of a side that, at the time of their appointment, were in a real relegation dogfight.
Fast forward a month and things could not be more different for the Medway club.
Three wins in four – two against Play Off chasing Oldham and Sheffield United – and a creditable draw at Walsall meant they had taken 10 points from a possible 18 in charge (the other victory coming against Coventry ) before handing over to newly appointed gaffer Justin Edinburgh.
His first game in command was away at Peterborough United, a side not in the best of form but who would provide a challenge nonetheless.
And that’s where that confidence and momentum played their part, as the Gills came away from London Road with a 2-1 win, their first on the ground since 1996.
So now onto another challenge, and in truth another step up, as tomorrow Edinburgh and his boys welcome high flying MK Dons to Kent.
So, what chances another memorable win?
The Dons lost their latest game, going down 2-1 at Bradford City last Monday, but they sit third in the table and have been challenging the automatic promotion spots all campaign.
Eleven points from the last six games is by no means poor, but they have only picked up a solitary point from their last two so will be keen to get back on track.
Looking at their recent away form, from their last six on the road they have won at Crewe and Notts County, but slipped up in games they would have fancied winning at Scunthorpe (1-1) and Crawley (2-2).
Their other draw was decent enough, 1-1 at fellow promotion hopefuls Preston, and their sole defeat was, as already mentioned, at Bradford four days ago.
If it’s not broke don’t fix it…
With his side in such good form, Justin Edinburgh will surely make minimal changes (if any at all) from the win at Peterborough, and RainhamEndViews feels the only change may come at left back, the now fully fit Joe Martin perhaps replacing young Bradley Garmston.
Other than it will surely be the same starting eleven.
RainhamEndViews selected XI
Amine Linganzi played in a Development fixture in the week, but will surely only be on the bench at best, while Josh Pritchard may not recover in time.
Callum Davies and Josh Hare are still both out long term.
MK Dons will arrive at the MEMS Priesfield knowing they need to win to keep pressure on the top two, and that may play into the Gills’ hands if they can stay in the game and frustrate their more fancied opponents.
Confidence is high amongst the boys in blue, and having found the net in 19 consecutive fixtures this may be another high scoring game.
Suddenly Edinburgh’s players are looking up towards the top six, and a win will see them to within striking distance of the Play Off places.
Gillingham 2 MK Dons 1