04/05: Preview: Gillingham
by Matt Rowson
How did they do?
"The conditions were atrocious, certainly. A wind that swirled and gusted and swept the ball off-course whenever it was played above head-height, occasionally accompanied by unpleasant drizzle. It wasn't a particularly lovely day, and it has to be said that Gillingham were hardly more successful in adapting, despite having the general advantage at set pieces, courtesy of the extraordinary Mamady Sidibe and the mountainous Ian Cox. From the moment when Nosworthy's cross from deep on the left was caught by a gust and nearly sailed into the top corner in the first minute, it was clear that this wasn't going to be easy."
How will they do?
The Gills have a head start every season in the knowledge that they have at least four banker points coming when they face us. They needed those points last season though, and although Hessenthaler is doing a reasonable job of regenerating an ageing side, there is neither the depth in the squad to sustain injuries in any area, nor the goals throughout the side that might be required. I wouldn't want to be relying on Darren Byfield to score the goals to keep my team safe (there, that settles the scorer of the Gills' winner at Priestfield in November). Will struggle.