FAN POWER IN MAX’S PLANS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Bull

TRAN­MERE mid­fielder Max Power has no in­ter­est in play­ing League Two foot­ball next sea­son and has pleaded with the fans to aid their fight against what he be­lieves would be a dis­as­trous rel­e­ga­tion.

Sec­ond half goals from sub­sti­tute Bradley Dack and Cody McDon­ald hauled Gilling­ham seven points clear of safety on and left Rovers pre­car­i­ously hov­er­ing two places above the bot­tom four.

And life-long Rovers fan Power is­sued a ral­ly­ing call ahead of his side’s fi­nal three fix­tures – start­ing with to­mor­row’s tricky visit of FA Cup semi-fi­nal­ists Sh­effield United.

“Our fans are al­ways great, and we need them now more than ever,” said the 20-year-old.

“The at­mos­phere at the last home game against Shrews­bury was re­ally good, and hope­fully they can help us on Mon­day.

“I don’t want to be play­ing in League Two next sea­son. There could be mas­sive reper­cus­sions of us go­ing down, and I’m do­ing all I can to make sure that doesn’t hap­pen.

“When that Kop gets go­ing, it is like a 12th man. We need their sup­port on Mon­day, and a good re­sult puts us in good stead to stay up. We’ve got to go for it.”

The Gills dom­i­nated the first half, but were frus­trated by Rovers goal­keeper Owain fon Wil­liams, who made good stops to deny McDon­ald and Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa. He twice thwarted McDon­ald from close range af­ter the break in the sec­ond half, a 45 min­utes which the vis­i­tors dom­i­nated.

Gills goal­keeper Stu­art Nel­son did well to save Ja­son Koumas’ well-struck 20-yard vol­ley, and then John-Louis Akpa Akpro from his curl­ing ef­fort.

Striker Jake Cas­sidy al­most opened the scor­ing with a bril­liant solo at­tempt hav­ing cap­i­talised on a mis­take from Dack, af­ter which the game turned back into the hosts’ favour. Just 12 min­utes af­ter com­ing on, Dack bril­liantly volleyed home from Joe Martin’s deep cross for his fifth of the sea­son, in the same week he signed a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Kent club.

McDon­ald sealed the win two min­utes into stop­page time, af­ter fon Wil­liams went for­ward for a Rovers cor­ner kick.

That was cleared by the Gills’ de­fence, and the club’s top scorer ran 40 yards be­fore fir­ing into an empty net for his 15th of the cam­paign. Man­ager Peter Tay­lor ad­mit­ted be­ing rel­e­gated now would be a freak oc­cur­rence, but stressed his side still aren’t math­e­mat­i­cally safe.

“I think we’d be un­lucky to go down with 51 points, but it’s not im­pos­si­ble,” he said.“So we’ve got to be care­ful, we’ve got to pre­pare right for Wal­sall on Mon­day, which is an­other hard one for us.

“We needed a win and we needed a much bet­ter per­for­mance than last Satur­day at Ley­ton Ori­ent, so I’m very happy with the day. We started very well, we just couldn’t score. But we know what Bradley is ca­pa­ble of, and that’s scor­ing great goals. That’s what he’s about, and we’re very happy with his work.”

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PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HAPPY CHAPS: Cody McDon­ald, cen­tre, cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter scor­ing Gilling­ham’s sec­ond. In­set: Owain fon Wil­liams went up for a late cor­ner

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