Luke hits two to end away day blues

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Owens

GILLING­HAM boss Peter Tay­lor had Stu­art Nel­son and Luke Nor­ris to thank as the Gills snatched their first away win of the League One sea­son against Don­caster Rovers at the Keep­moat Sta­dium.

Paul Dickov’s Rovers side failed to cap­i­talise on a dom­i­nant first-half per­for­mance, with Gills goal­keeper Nel­son de­liv­er­ing a string of saves to keep the score level at the break.

But Nel­son’s fine firsthalf pro­vided the plat­form for a smash-and­grab per­for­mance from the vis­i­tors in the sec­ond, with cen­tre-for­ward Nor­ris turn­ing in Michael Doughty’s low ball to the far post from close range five min­utes after the restart.

Rovers skip­per James Cop­pinger came clos­est to equal­is­ing for the hosts, shoot­ing a whisker wide of the post on the hour.

But Dickov’s side were un­able to find a way past Nel­son be­fore Nor­ris capped a Gills coun­ter­at­tack with a fierce long-range strike into the top-right cor­ner.

Cur­tis Main stepped up to con­vert a penalty for Rovers deep into stop­page time, but it was scant con­so­la­tion for the hosts, as they slumped to their fifth home league de­feat.

“Don­caster played some very good stuff,” Gilling­ham boss Tay­lor said.“Of course, if they all of a sud­den go and score, it’s a dif­fer­ent game.

“But then the longer it goes on, maybe they get a touch ner­vous that they’re not go­ing to break us down.”

The Gills’ first away win of the league sea­son sees them ex­tend their un­beaten run to six matches, and Tay­lor in­sisted that their first vic­tory on the road was over­due.

“It was very im­por­tant to get the first away win. We haven’t been that far away to be hon­est.We’ve played a few games where we should have got some­thing and we haven’t.”

Gilling­ham have strug­gled for goals, but Nor­ris’s counter-at­tack­ing brace came from the Gills’ only two shots on tar­get, and Tay­lor’s op­po­site num­ber Dickov was left to rue a host of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties as Don­caster’s mis­er­able run con­tin­ues.

“The lit­tle things at the minute, es­pe­cially at home, aren’t go­ing for us,” Dickov re­flected.

“We’ve had over 20 at­tempts on goal, we’ve got into dou­ble fig­ures in at­tempts on tar­get, we’ve hit the bar. Gilling­ham have had two shots on tar­get all game, and end up scor­ing two goals.

“We should have been out of sight by half-time. Their goal­keeper has made six de­cent saves in the first half, but we should score.

“We have been cre­at­ing, we prob­a­bly cre­ated more chance at home to­day than we have all sea­son. But when you get chances, you have to score.”

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