The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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

PIC­TURE: Max Flego

SHOOT TO THRILL: Bradley Dack crashes home the Gilling­ham win­ner

FEEL THE FORCE: Luke Nor­ris lev­els for the Gills



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