Walsall make the long trip to Kent this weekend aiming to bounce back from the 4-0 hammering of Rochdale on Tuesday night.
Andy Taylor “We`re obviously bitterly disappointed with the Tuesdays result but the beauty of football is that there`s always another game around the corner” said the experienced full-back. “We know the performance as well as the scoreline wasn`t acceptable but if we can go to Gillingham and come away with three points, then two wins in three games isn`t a bad return in the space of seven days.”
Gillingham Team News:
Gillingham will have defender Gavin Hoyte back from suspension for the visit of Walsall to Priestfield Stadium.
The 24-year-old Trinidad & Tobago international received a three-match ban after being shown a straight red card for a second-half challenge on Stevenage player Roarie Deacon in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
There was another boost for the Gills when captain Doug Loft returned from an Achilles injury to play for 73 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 home win over Peterborough.
Fellow midfielder Josh Pritchard is pushing for a first start after again coming off the bench in midweek, but striker Danny Kedwell will be out for another three or four weeks after undergoing an operation on his knee.
Player to watch: Cody McDonald
McDonald scored 4 goals in 7 games two seasons ago while on loan at the Gills and made his move permanent last summer. During 46 games he has scored an impressive 21 goals, including 4 goals this season.
Walsall Team News:
Walsall are still without James Chambers, Sam Mantom, Ben Purkiss and Jordan Cook.
Tom Bradshaw and Adam Chambers will have late fitness tests again.
Player to watch: Paul Downing
All eyes will be on Paul Downing this weekend given his inconsistent start to the season. Three of the four goals on Tuesday came from his inability to track his man and if he plays it will be a case of step up and show your worth.
Match Facts & Stats
Gillingham have not beaten Walsall in their last 5 games.
The last 4 games have ended in a draw between both sides.
Walsall’s last win at Gillingham, came in 2006 thanks to a solo strike by Steve Claridge….dear me!
Mr J Adcock from Nottingham is the man in the middle.
The last Walsall game he officiated was our 2-1 victory at Doncaster two seasons ago.
Walsall are very much Jekyll and Hyde at the moment. We can either perform like Preston at home or Rochdale away.
I will edge towards a spirited Walsall performance and a 2-0 victory.
27.09.14 – Sheff Utd v GILLINGHAM
27.09.14 – WALSALL v Doncaster