The start of the Easter weekend sees the Gills play twice in four days, starting off with what will be a tough home game versus Fleetwood, who currently sit just two places and two points above Justin Edinburgh’s men in 12th position.
The blue boys will head into the encounter with renewed confidence after what could well prove to be a safety ensuring victory away at Crawley Town last time out, as they passed the supposed magical 50 point mark.
The first half during that win was as good as anything Gillingham have produced in recent weeks, with Edinburgh keen to point out that only the lack of a killer pass kept the home side in touch during a one sided opening 45 minutes.
Bradley Dack’s smart finish was all that separated the sides at the interval, but the Gills showed great character and a will to win after being pegged back to go on and claim the points courtesy of the rarest of occurrences, a Jermaine McGlashan header.
Dack is currently playing as well as ever in a Gills shirt.
A tight game in store?
The visitors arrive in Kent with an identical record to their hosts throughout March, both collecting two wins, three draws and suffering a sole reverse.
Breaking the form down further, despite not winning at home since Valentines Day, the Gills record at the MEMS Preistfield is generally good, with four league victories from seven games since the turn of the year, and only one defeat.
Almost as impressive is Fleetwood’s record on the road during the same period.
From six trips away from their home patch they have collected maximum points on three occasions, their most recent win an impressive 2-1 victory at high flying Sheffield United.
Their only defeats came at Chesterfield and Bristol City.
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After such an impressive win last time out, it is hard to imagine Justin Edinburgh changing too much in terms of system or personnel.
Jake Hessenthaler and Ollie Muldoon should have recovered from illness and a knock respectively, but whether they are involved remains to be seen.
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The biggest call Edinburgh may have to make could be whether to reinstate leading scorer Cody McDonald, or persist with Luke Norris in the centre forward position.
The blue boys may well be safe now that they have reached 50 points, but there is still plenty to play for during the remaining games of the campaign.
The statistics and the league table both point towards a very tight encounter, but with both teams still looking towards the Play Offs it could be an open game.
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