DACK’S THE WAY TO DO IT FOR GILLS
BRADLEY Dack was hailed as the best player in League One after his second-half winner fired Gillingham back to the top of the table for the first time since November.
Dack finished from close range as the Gills came from behind to beat promotion-rivals United in a fascinating game.
Graham Westley’s side deservedly led at half-time through Ehrun Oztumer’s well-taken strike, before the game changed when striker Luke Norris equalised for the hosts.
The subject of a transfer bid from Bristol City last week, Dack’s winner earned him high praise from Gills assistant manager David Kerslake.
“Bradley is the best player in this league, without a shadow of doubt. His stats will show you that,” said Kerslake. “He’s a fantastic boy to have around.
“He’ll cover as much grass as anyone, he’ll make as many tackles as anyone, he’s a perfect team player. He thinks about his game, he tries to lead by example on the pitch and he’s invaluable to us.
“The manager rates him very highly and we’ll do everything we can to make sure he stays with us.We’re sat top of the table, why would we want to change anything?
“I love seeing him scoring, I have no problem with that! It was a great team goal; Dominic Samuel showed his pace.
“I don’t think we’ve come out of the top three for a long while.We’ve been very consistent this year, we’ve had up and down performances but if we keep together we’ll be okay.
“In the first half Peterborough were very good, they outnumbered us but we made a couple of substitutions and in the second half we were outstanding. We pressed them a lot higher, didn’t let them have time on the ball and were good for the win. We could have been out of sight at the end.”
Kerslake admitted Peterborough's high-tempo play in the opening half caused the Gills problems. Debutant striker Shaquile Coulthirst forced Stuart Nelson into a good save within four minutes, and also shot just wide of the post after a darting run through the box later on in the half.
United’s midfield in particular looked keen to shoot on sight of goal – Oztumer and Coulthirst both missed
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