Pres­sure eas­ing as Gills start

Climb­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mikael McKen­zie

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.”

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