Confidence, Performances, Goals & Points; Time to Dream?

Well this winning thing is becoming a bit of a habit isn’t it….

So do we all dare to dream?

Little old Gillingham, the side that merely a month ago was being written off as relegation fodder, are now just two points off of the League 1 Play Off places.

MK Dons – flying high in 3rd and one of the fancied teams to get promoted – today became the fourth side on the bounce to leave Priestfield empty handed with their tails firmly between their legs.

And how the Gills deserved it.

Aside from a small spell after the visitors had levelled at 2-2, the boys in blue out fought, out thought and out played Karl Robinson’s men.

Make no bones about it, this is a Gillingham side reinvigorated.

They are now unbeaten in seven league games, have scored in 20 consecutive fixtures in all competitions, now have one of the best home records in the division, and have netted an impressive twelve times in their last four league outings on route to seeing off three sides in and around the top six.

Justin Edinburgh could not have wished for a better start to his reign, completing back to back victories over Peterborough and now the Dons having been in the stands for last Saturdays win over Sheffield United.

This is as settled a Gillingham side as there has been in quite a while, and that is shining through in the way they are currently playing and working for each other.

So who impressed the most today:

Stuart Nelson – 7: Handling a tad suspect at times but made some crucial interventions.

Gavin Hoyte – 7: Generally decent but lucky to stay on having conceded the penalty.

John Egan – 7: Stood up to everything the Dons threw at him.

Max Ehmer – 7: Solid again alongside Egan, his pace got him out of trouble on the one occasion he got caught out of position.

Bradley Garmston – 8: By far his best display for the club; sound defensively and took his goal well.

Doug Loft – 7: Starting to see the player we thought we had got in the summer. Quicker with the ball and didn’t shirk a challenge.

Jake Hessenthaler – 7: Best performance for a while; looked to drive forward and be positive and work rate was impeccable.

Danny Galbraith -7: Starting to see what a good player he can be, energetic until tiring second half.

Bradley Dack – 8: Playing in his best position he is always a threat. Scored one and set up two, superb.

John Marquis – 8: Two in two after a quiet game versus Sheffield United, took his goal superbly and his energy is infectious.

Cody McDonald – 7: Great strike for the opener and never stopped working all afternoon.

Subs:

Jermaine McGlashan – 7: Not as obvious an impact as recently, but his driving run played a big part in Garmston’s goal.

Luke Norris – N/A: Brought on to run down the clock.

#COYG

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