Gills v Wigan: Player Ratings

So another game passes and the Gills picked up another three points in the glorious summer sunshine.

After Sheffield United were despatched on the opening day, game two at the Priestfield saw newly relegated Wigan Athletic – a Premier League side as recently as 2013 – arrive in Kent on the back of a confidence boosting midweek victory.

The Priestfield Stadium basks in the summer sun, and also the glory of another superb Gills performance.

But just as the Blades found out a fortnight previously, this young Gillingham side is playing with an energy and intensity that is difficult to live with.

But who impressed for the boys in blue?

Here is our Player Ratings for the comfortable 2-0 win.

Stuart Nelson – 7: Since being told in the summer he could leave, Nels has been first class. Not loads to do, but all that he did he did well, and one superb reflex save at 1-0 proved crucial. Back to his best.

Ryan Jackson – 8: Has settled superbly since arrving. Solid defensively, his lung bursting runs and long throw ins were a constant menace to Latics left back Reece James.

John Egan – 8: Another game, another solid display from Gills’ Mr Consistent. He seemingly never loses a header, and seeing him play out more from the back is refreshing to see.

Deji Oshilaja – 8: Seems like he’s played alongside Egan forever. It’s no mean feat keeping Max Ehmer out of the side,  and he didn’t put a foot wrong against Will Grigg and Craig Davies.

Brennan Dickenson – 8: A revelation this term, his reincarnation as an attacking left back is great to see. Playing with confidence, his pace helps defensively and offensively, and his delivery was first class.

Josh Wright – 8: Pretty much flawless in a deep lying midfield role. Never out of position, constantly talking, and he used the ball intelligently and efficiently. Impeccable, and a very astute signing by the club.

Jake Hessenthaler – 8: Has been class since coming back into the side, and is playing with a new found confidence. Should perhaps have the belief to shoot more, but other than that his all round display was very impressive.

Jordan Houghton – 8: Plays the game in a way that belies his young age. Not afraid to graft and put his foot in, but equally adept picking a pass when in possession. A real find for the club.

Bradley Dack – 8: Now has five in five this term after his matchwinning double, his confidence is currently so high that he looks like he will score every time he shoots. Two calm finishes – one from the spot – won the game.

Rory Donnelly & Bradley Dack combined for both goals in the Gills 2-0 victory.

Rory Donnelly – STAR MAN 9: A tireless and selfless performance, he never stopped running or let the away defence settle despite the soaring temperatures. Played in Dack for the opener, and then slid in the same player with a top ball for the crucial penalty. Brilliant.

Luke Norris – 8: No goal on this occasion, but once again he worked hard and lead the line well. Has added more effort to the ability that he has always clearly had, and was unlucky when he hit the post.

Ben Williamson – 7: Replaced Norris with twenty minutes to play, and held the ball up well against a tiring Wigan defence.

Jermaine McGlashan – N/A: Introduced very late on to help run down the clock.

Match winner Bradley Dack is congratulated by Bradley Garmston at full time.

So there you have it, another top display from Justin Edinburgh’s men, and ten points from twelve having already played three sides supposedly pre-season favourites to get promoted.

We know it won’t go on forever, but it is a very good starting point for the season ahead.

Let’s enjoy it, because we have earned the right to do so.

And we still haven’t seen the likes of Cody McDonald, Doug Loft or Max Ehmer even feature……



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