Gills boss con­fi­dent of end­ing drought

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Wright

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

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