Rod­man’s lev­eller is a pain for Pen­nock

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jack Cole

ADY PEN­NOCK was left frus­trated with his side’s sec­ond-half per­for­mance as Gilling­ham drew with Shrews­bury Town in an end-to-end en­counter at Pri­est­field Sta­dium.

The Gills de­servedly took the lead through a calm left-footed strike from Deji Oshi­laja just be­fore the break in a half they dom­i­nated.

But Alex Rod­man headed the vis­i­tors level af­ter an on­slaught at the start of the sec­ond half, which saw Rod­man also miss from six yards out.

Max Eh­mer then struck the post while Louis Dodds blazed over on 86 min­utes as both sides searched for a win­ner. And Pen­nock, who was man­ag­ing his first home match as Gilling­ham boss, ad­mit­ted he thought his side should have de­liv­ered three points for their fans.

“I got a great re­cep­tion from the fans,” he said. “But I’m a lit­tle bit frus­trated as we were up at half-time.

“We weren’t in their faces enough at the start of the sec­ond half and they dic­tated play more.

“It was a fairly open game which I’m not a huge fan of. I thought Bradley Dack and Cody McDon­ald played very well to­gether though. Their move­ment was very good.

“We could have been bet­ter with the ball, we need to be more brave with it.”

The hosts took the lead when Stu­art Nel­son’s clear­ance found its way to Oshi­laja who won the aerial bat­tle against Aris­tote Nsiala to guide a shot be­yond Jayson Leutwiler.

Ear­lier, striker McDon­ald was put through on goal but failed to show the same com­po­sure.

At the start of the sec­ond half Fred­die Ladapo’s sting­ing strike was par­ried away by Nel­son be­fore Abu Ogogo latched onto the re­bound, only for Oshi­laja to clear off the line.

Rod­man struck the post from six yards out in one of the misses of the sea­son so far, but put that be­hind him to head the re­bound from Tyler Roberts’ ef­fort into an empty net on 62 min­utes.

Shrews­bury now sit two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, and man­ager Paul Hurst was quick to praise his side’s re­silience in the sec­ond half.

He said: “It’s a good point. It was cer­tainly a game of two halves.

“The goal was a blow to us. I was hop­ing we could get in at half-time on level terms, and then I could ask the lads for a bit more.

“But we were the bet­ter team for large parts of the sec­ond half.

“Phys­i­cally we were bet­ter in the sec­ond half as well.”

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