Having gone through the entire opening month of the campaign unbeaten in the league, the Gills will start September having to perhaps deal with being favourites in games.
After spending the first half of last term nearer the relegation zone than the summit, this will be something a little new to this squad, but if their first five league fixtures are anything to go by then they should be just fine.
Last weekends 1-1 draw at Peterborough made it three unbeaten league games on the road.
Having travelled long distances without defeat over three away games and having not conceded at home so far, they should approach the visit of Doncaster with real confidence.
It will be a test yes, especially as their northern opponents will be buoyed after picking up their first win of the season – 2-0 versus Fleetwood – last time out, but if the boys in blue can replicate the energy and quality they have shown so far, then the game should hold no fear.
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Having spoken at the start of the campaign about wanting a squad full of quality rather than quantity, Justin Edinburgh will be pleased to be getting bodies back from injury.
The trio of Cody McDonald, Doug Loft and Emmanuel Osadebe all got valuable minutes in a midweek development fixture and will be pushing to start.
On top of that it is hoped Bradley Garmston will be over the calf problem that he picked up in the League Cup game at Birmingham.
If he does return then Aaron Morris will be the only senior player missing, but he is back in training and shouldn’t be too far away.
Edinburgh was honest in his assessment after the Peterborough game, saying that a few players – Jordan Houghton was withdrawn at half time – were looking a little jaded after a lot of travelling in a hectic first month, so he will have some choices to make.
Jordan Houghton has settled in superbly, but will he need a rest?
Stick with the same eleven that has done him proud recently, or make changes to freshen things up?
They are tough calls to make, but ultimately the selection headache should be seen as a blessing, and if alterations are made it will not weaken the strength of the side.
As has already been mentioned, Doncaster will be boosted by their first victory of the season, but they are yet to score on the road.
In fact, the win represented the only time they’ve netted more than once in a game so far, and they were the first league goals they had scored since the opening day.
The Gills have been flawless in their opening two home games.
On top of this, Edinburgh’s men are yet to concede at home, despite playing two of the pre season favourites for promotion.
If his players play with the same intentisty and commitment as they have done so far, there can only be one winner.
Gillingham 3 Doncaster 0
NB. I normally predict a Gills line up, but with everyone coming back I have declined as it is just too hard. Enjoy the game.
UP THE GILLS!!