The aim this season is to pen a player ratings post after every Gills game that I watch live, so here are my ratings for last nights 1-1 home draw with Swindon.
Stuart Nelson – 7: Made one crucial stop in what was a rather quiet first period in terms of chances, and was also alert in coming off his line in the second half. Generally looked tidy in all that he did, and had no chance whatsoever with the penalty.
Ryan Jackson – 7.5: Solid enough defensively and was a constant menace going forward. Linked up well with Mark Byrne – especially second half – and his cut back lead to the Gills’ deserved leveller. Unlucky with one left footed effort.
Jacko followed up his weekend goal and assist by setting up the Gills’ leveller.
Josh Pask – 6.5: Certainly looks a real prospect considering his age and relative lack of league experience. His West Ham upbringing is clear as he is happy to come short and take the ball off his keeper, but on a couple of occasions he was perhaps guilty of slightly overplaying.
Max Ehmer – 7.5: Barely put a foot wrong all game, and saw more of the ball than perhaps usual during a first half where the home side had lots of possession. Looks to be back to his best and was unlucky to see his late half volley crash off the bar.
Paul Konchesky – 6.5: His experience will be key as the campaign progresses, and it was evident at times throughout the 90 minutes last night. Will be disappointed with the concession of the penalty though, letting his man get on the wrong side and then tugging him down.
Josh Wright – 7: It is clear that he is relishing his role as skipper, constantly encouraging and cajoling his team mates throughout. In possession he was as tidy as ever, and without the ball he seemed to always be in the right position to tidy things up.
Another assured display was put in by the Gills’ skipper.
Emmanuel Osadebe – 7: Still very raw in terms of ability and experience, but his boundless running and chasing is infectious. With his side trailing his closing down seemed to lift his team mates and the home crowd. Got better as the game wore on.
MARK BYRNE – STAR MAN 8: Superb from start to finish, both with and without the ball. Looks like he has been playing for years at this level, he was brilliant throughout. Never shirked a challenge, never stopped wanting the ball, never stopped running and was involved in the build up to the equaliser.
Billy Knott – 6.5: Constantly wanted the ball and was constantly trying to make things happen and keep things ticking over. Sadly for him though, this was all done too close to his own goal which nullified his creative threat. Replaced.
Cody McDonald – 6: Can never be faulted for effort or commitment, but had one of those nights where nothing came off. Kept showing for the ball but nothing seemed to stick before he was withdrawn.
Jay Emmanuel Thomas – 6.5: His size and presence can instantly unsettle teams, and his ability at this level is clear. Drifted in and out last night, but he has all the tools to win a game in an instant. One mazy run nearly ended in a goal, and he linked play well at times.
Jamie O’Hara – 7: Displayed real composure in possession upon his introduction and was keen to keep the ball moving. Dug out a couple of dangerous crosses with his driving runs and should be pleased with his debut.
Recent arrival O’Hara could be pleased with his evening’s work.
Rory Donnelly – 7: Came on and immediately looked like he had a point to prove. That point was certainly proved with a super goal two minutes after his arrival, bending a Ryan Jackson cut back superbly into the far top corner to level things up.
Deji Oshilaja – N/A: A late replacement for Josh Pask at centre back.
UP THE GILLS!!