Bouncing back, believing & a tribute to two Bradleys

Back in the 1980’s there was a band formed called the Happy Mondays.

And it was in the very same decade that the Gills has last tasted victory at Swindon’s County Ground.

March 1982 to be more precise.

Now thanks to the hard work of twelve heroes in blue, a double from a diminutive striker fast becoming a club legend and a first of the season from the son of an existing club legend we have Happy Wednesday.

Hess celebrates his first of the campaign.

What a lovely feeling it was to get up this morning still revelling from the fact that we had gone and completely outplayed our ‘dear friends’ in their own back yard. 

This was more than just a win though, more than just three points.

In fact, it was also more than just about putting one over our historcial rivals.

Don’t get me wrong, that is bloody marvellous in its own right, but last night was about bouncing back and showing that (as we wrote shortly after Saturday’s game) the home reversal to Barnsley should be consigned to the depths of history.

And so it proved with a display of high energy pressing, hard work, grit, determination and some very good goals. 

Increased goal bonus in that new contract Cody? 

The classic away performance.

After the weekend’s disappointment everyone instantly responded (myself included) by once again looking down at the table rather than up.

The gaffer Justin Edinburgh had said upon his appointment that we had to aim high, so from now on we should all trust him rather more. 

He is doing a fantastic job, and since his appointment we have seen off some top sides in Sheffield United, Pererborough, MK Dons and now Swindon. 

That’s quite a résumé, but we must go and do it all again starting with Doncaster at the Priestfield on Saturday. 

And there’s no reason why we can’t if we show the same application that has recently served us so well.

A couple of side notes regarding two Bradleys before I sign off.

Firstly, it is a great shame that Bradley Garmston’s loan has been cut short due to injury. He improved immensely since making his debut for us, and we wish him well in his recovery back at West Brom.

Secondly, well done to Bradley Dack on his nomination for Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for February, richly deserved. 

Anyway people, enjoy your Happy Wednesday, perhaps it should be a Bank Holiday? 


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