DACK’S THE WAY TO DO IT FOR GILLS

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

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

SEE YOU LATER: Bradley Garmston evades the chal­lenge of Peter­bor­ough de­fender Michael Smith

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