Pressure easing as Gills start
GILLINGHAM boss Adrian Pennock believes his side alleviated some pressure after moving six points clear of the drop zone with victory at Bury.
Bradley Dack opened the scoring for the Gills before Cody McDonald doubled the advantage after the break.
James Vaughan netted his 20th goal of the season to halve the deficit but for all of the Shakers’ dominance they failed to find the elusive equaliser.
Midfielder Jacob Mellis and substitute George Miller came the closest, each hitting post, but the Gills held out.
“It’s a massive three points,” Pennock said. “We had our fingers and toes crossed in the last ten minutes.
“The only downside is that we didn’t get that clean sheet, which would have made it a bit more comfortable, but you can't take anything away from the players.
“I won’t hide the fact Bury did hit the post twice and everything else, but other than that we deserved it.
“It was all about the result and it is for the next ten games too. They’re all cup finals.
“It looks like all the other results went for us but the most important thing is that we won, so there's some pressure off in terms of the table.”
Against the run of play the visitors broke with Lee Martin who held the ball up for the arriving Dack to strike the opening goal inside 14 minutes.
Bury wasted chance after chance with Vaughan and full-back Greg Leigh going close.
Two minutes after half-time McDonald rose the highest to head Dack’s corner inside the near post and double the lead.
Vaughan pulled a goal back with a magnificent overhead kick 15 minutes from time– his tenth goal in eight games, but for all of the Shakers’ late pressure they could not find a way past the impressive Stuart Nelson.
Despite defeat, Bury boss Lee Clark was able to pluck the positives from his teams commanding performance.
“It would have been an injustice to our players even if we had only taken one point,” Clark said. “The fact that we have got zero is a complete injustice.
“There were a lot of positives to take from the game. I am very disappointed and frustrated for the players but I’m not dispirited from anything I’ve seen, in fact I’m encouraged.
“I’d say in terms of their overall game it’s probably the best we’ve played since I’ve been here in terms of possession and territory.
“We could have prevented the goals but got caught ball-watching.”