The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Garnett

STEVE Davis be­moaned the curse of Gresty Road af­ter a stop­page-time stun­ner from Rory Don­nelly sent Gillingham top of League One and left Crewe rooted to the bot­tom.

The Rail­way­men looked set to end a run of four suc­ces­sive home de­feats be­fore Don­nelly in­ter­vened, bend­ing a stu­pen­dous right-foot strike into the top cor­ner with a goal good enough to win any game.

The re­sult was harsh on Crewe who bat­tled gamely through­out the con­test and, but for more con­fi­dence in front of goal, could have run out win­ners them­selves.

And that fact was not lost on a dis­ap­pointed Davis.

He said: “It’s dif­fi­cult to find any words af­ter that.

“When you look at the po­si­tion of them and us, there is just no dif­fer­ence in the po­si­tion in terms of the qual­ity of the two sides.

“We should have been one or two goals up at half-time. They didn’t re­ally hurt us first half.

“In the sec­ond half we looked a bit dan­ger­ous with­out hav­ing any real cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third.

“I think I’ve over­dosed on bit­ter pills.We’ve had a lot of them at home. You just hope the for­tune changes.

“It’s some­what of a hoodoo at home. We can’t seem to break that thing. It hangs over us.”

Brad In­man had the ball in the net for Alex af­ter 11 min­utes but it was cor­rectly dis­al­lowed for an ob­vi­ous hand­ball by the Aus­tralian-born for­ward.

The best chance of the open­ing pe­riod came on the stroke of half-time when In­man cut in­side and fired a shot at Stu­art Nel­son. The Gills keeper palmed it into the path of Adam King who blazed over from eight yards.

Just be­fore the hour mark the vis­i­tors should have led when sub­sti­tute Cody McDon­ald forced a save out of Ben Gar­ratt be­fore see­ing his re­bound can­non back out off the in­side of the post.

McDon­ald was then guilty of fluff­ing his lines again, this time miss­ing an easy header from four yards out.

The home fans thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Ryan Col­clough went to ground late on, how­ever referee Dave Webb wasn’t in­ter­ested, wav­ing away their claims.

But at the death Donelly pro­duced a mo­ment of pure qual­ity leav­ing the seem­ingly un­beat­able Gar­ratt floored and de­light­ing Gills man­ager Justin Ed­in­burgh.

He said:“We did think that per­haps it was go­ing to end in a stalemate but with Rory in the form he is, we know he can pro­duce that kind of magic.

“Of late we’re cer­tainly scor­ing goals, but con­ced­ing also. But this was cer­tainly a bit of a change.

“I thought they were very good on the counter-at­tack.They played it well. I think we had a lot of pos­ses­sion but any points you get on the road, you’ve got to have the right to earn them and I felt we did that.”

PIC­TURES:Me­dia Im­age

WIN­NER: Rory Don­nelly of Gillingham strikes late on to give his side the points

DE­LIGHT: The Gills en­joy their last-gasp vic­tory



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