TURNAROUND A REAL TREAT
FEW Gills fans would have predicted this at half-time: Peterborough had dominated the first half, playing with greater urgency and a willingness to shoot on sight.
But the hosts were much improved after the the target in such fashion – before their opener came from the most impressive of free-kicks.
Positioned 25 yards from goal, Jon Taylor faked a shot and passed short to Coulthirst; he found Oztumer in the box, who fired past Nelson.
But buoyed by a strong ending to the first half, in which defender John Egan hit the bar on the turn, the Gills levelled four minutes after the break.
Norris, who only started the match after team-mate Rory Donnelly injured himself during the warm-up, latched onto Dominic Samuel's cross to coolly slot past Ben Alnwick.
Egan again hit the bar, this time on 53 minutes with a deflected effort that was just as powerful as his previous attempt, before Samuel shot into the break. They found their tempo and urgency, and once Luke Norris levelled it appeared to be a case of when, and not if, they side netting from Doug Loft’s cross. Another United debutant, Adil Nabi, was also denied by the woodwork with a fine 25-yard effort shortly after being introduced.
Dack, who increasingly became a threat throughout the game, then won the match for the Gills. United failed to clear Samuel's delivery, and the highly-rated midfielder fired home.
The visitors hit the bar again through Chris Forrester 15 minutes from time, and Taylor’s late header off target was their final opportunity of note to earn a point.
United manager Westley said:“We had 60 per cent possession, 40 per cent them.Twenty attempts at goal us, 15 attempts them. We played well enough to win the game, but we would scored again. Bradley Dack bagged another vital goal, his classy finish showing why he is such a highly sought-after player. He may have added a few more pounds onto his price tag. weren’t clinical enough to win the game. That first half period when we were really on top and didn’t take our chances came back to haunt us.
“We’re a young team, and sometimes they don’t smell the blood that’s there and they don’t understand how important it is to convert chances into goals. Gillingham didn’t have that much play in the final third but when they did get there they showed a clinical side.” 1 month = £2.99, 3 months = £7.99, 6 months = £13.99, Annual = £23.99 Subscribe on our website www.racingahead.net
SHOOT TO THRILL: Bradley Dack crashes home the Gillingham winner
FEEL THE FORCE: Luke Norris levels for the Gills
STAR MAN JOHN EGAN Gillingh