Gills boss confident of ending drought
GILLINGHAM’S search for a goal this season goes on after they fell to a home defeat against Bradford, but their manager Ady Pennock has every belief his players can find the killer touch.
The hosts had several chances to cancel out Dominic Poleon’s goal, but barely tested Bantams keeper Colin Doyle as they drew a third blank in a row, in all competitions.
It allowed Bradford to pick up their second win from two games, despite last season’s play-off finalists being nowhere near their best, even after the Gills had been reduced to ten men.
Pennock said: “We gave a really good account of ourselves and we had a right old go.
“Yes, people will be disappointed that we haven’t scored a goal yet, but this was only the second league game of the season and I really want everybody to keep on board.
“I think we just need a lucky one going in off someone’s backside or whatever and then hopefully the floodgates will open because I believe in all the players.
“If you look at the chances we had, the centre0halves, the midfield players had chances and obviously the centre forwards, but I’ve got plenty of faith in them.”
Bradford broke through after 19 minutes, when Alex Jones got to the by-line and cut the ball back, with Poleon passing his shot first-time into the bottom corner.
Having struggled to create openings, Gillingham finally threatened when Josh Parker forced Doyle into a smart save from a tight angle on the left.
Poleon then somehow missed an open goal after dispossessing Max Ehmer and rounding Tomas Holy before Parker was just as wasteful, as he stabbed wide from Luke O’Neill’s cross. The Gills’ cause wasn’t helped by Conor Wilkinson’s red card with 15 minutes left for his challenge on Timothee Dieng, a decision Pennock confirmed he would be appealing against.
Bradford boss Stuart McCall said: “There are probably three positives: the three points, naturally, the clean sheet and a healthy band of travelling supporters going home happy, but we’ve got to improve.
“We’ve done enough to win, but there are so many things that we need to work on.
“Even when they were down to ten men we didn’t look after the ball well enough.
“I think we must have given three or four freekicks in the last five minutes alone for them to load the box and get their big guys forward.”
STAR MAN NICKY LAW Bradford