Draw points to a bright future

Another game goes, and with another two points dropped – or one gained if you are of a positive mind set – it sees the Gills’ chances of making the end of season Play Offs diminish a little more.

But let’s look at the bigger picture.

For the second home game in succession the boys in blue were not quite at their best, but unlike last weeks defeat to Barnsley this time they showed the courage and the know how to stay in a game and ultimately earn something from it.

Lets not put this in the same ‘dismiss to history’ category as last Saturday’s sorry showing, because it was far better than that.

Not the performance of the Sheffield United, MK Dons and Swindon victories, but better.

And it show that this squad is learning and learning fast.

In games now where they are not seeing so much of the ball they are finding a way of remaining in contention, today being a prime example.

For long periods Doncaster kept the ball, and used it well. That is why they occupied a Play Off berth at kick off.

But whereas at the start of the campaign a 1-0 deficit may have seen heads drop, now there is always a belief that games can be rescued, points can still be gained.

John Marquis levelled for the home side.

And that is a big factor as to why the home team levelled so soon after falling behind, John Marquis heading home from a Doug Loft cross.

Grit, tenacity and ability all on display.

If the game was broken down, the number of saves either keeper made during the 90 minutes can be counted on one had.

Stuart Nelson made up for his part in the visitors opener when he beat away a Harry Forrester drive as the game entered its final third while former Gill Stephen Bywater made a one handed stop from a tight angle to deny the energetic Marquis at the start of the second period.

Harry Forrester caught out Gill’s stopper Stuart Nelson for the opener.

Other than that clear cut chances were rather sparse, but without ruining the game.

This was not a bore draw at all, it was a game between two honest teams going at each other from the off until the final whistle.

It wasn’t always pretty from the Gills, but boy are they effective now.

So even if this campaign does not end with us sitting in the top six let’s not despair, as it certainly isn’t one that the management team or the players should let drift towards a mundane close.

Everyone should continue to work hard and prove their worth, because this is now a squad that – with the correct coaching and nurturing – can really kick on next term.

It’s a good time to be a Gillingham supporter.

GFC Ratings: Nelson 6, Hoyte 5, Egan 7, Ehmer 7, Martin 6, Pritchard 4 (A Morris 6), Loft 6, Hessenthaler 5, Dack 5 (McGlashan 5) McDonald 6 (Norris 6) Marquis 7


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