Away day fun as Gills make their point

We are writing this having just returned home, contentedly reflecting on gaining a very decent point away at runaway league leaders Bristol City.

Let’s be honest, we rode our luck in a second half that resembled the Alamo, but you have to earn your luck in this game.

And boy did we earn ours, as every single player in blue put in a terrific shift against a side that has already beaten us three times during this campaign and will be crowned champions in May.

The Gills defend a first half corner.

Aside from a second half Bradley Dack strike chalked off (correctly from where we were siting) for offside, chances were pretty sparse, but not many sides will go to Ashton Gate and create loads.

The blue boys on the attack during the second period.

What every player did though was put their foot into the tackle, put their head on the ball and put their bodies on the line.

John Egan (knee) and Joe Martin (ankle) both picked up knocks throughout but soldiered on regardless in a superb rearguard effort.

To put the result into context, the 0-0 draw means we are only the fourth side this season to leave Ashton Gate with a clean sheet after Leyton Orient, Preston and Premier League outfit West Ham.

We are also five away league games unbeaten from a run that has seen us visit Walsall, Peterborough, Yeovil, Swindon and now Bristol City. 

To pick up nine points against those sides shows a new found maturity and a new found resilience within the side. 

Games we would have lost earlier in the season we are now finding a way to stay in and gain something. 

That is once again a credit to the work of not just the players but also all the coaching staff; Justin, Hess & Steve plus Mark & Darren.

The match aside, the day as a whole was very good.

Ashton Gate is a ground currently under construction, but you can tell that once complete it will be a very impressive arena, befitting of a team who will be in the Championship.

We were given a corner of the ground at the tunnel end, and we managed to fill it with over 320 fans in attendance. 

Over 320 Gills fans made the trip to Ashton Gate.

The construction work – behind one goal literally is a building site – thankfully did not hinder the atmosphere as both sets of fans roared on their respective sides and engaged each other with some light hearted banter.

Ticket prices were standard for League 1 and the programme, although clearly not of an award winning standard, was well presented.

All in all it was a top trip, a decent enough game, and a more than decent point. 

GFC Ratings: Nelson 7, Hoyte 6, Egan 7, Ehmer 8, Martin 7, Morris 7, Muldoon 6 (McGlashan 6.5), Loft 6.5, Dack 6, McDonald 6, Marquis 6.5 (Norris 6)


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