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Big Preview: Gillingham vs Southend United

4 October 2019

Gillingham vs Southend United

Overview

Blues return to league action tomorrow afternoon as they make the short trip over the QE2 Bridge and into Kent to face Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Both sides haven’t been having much go their way in recent weeks, but having won on their travels last time out, Southend will be hopeful of picking up their second victory of the season.

Gillingham too will see tomorrow as a good opportunity to climb the table, though Blues have had their number in recent meetings, winning all of their last three.

Form

Southend’s last away trip saw them pick up their first win of the league campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over MK Dons at Stadium:MK.

Blues weren’t able to build on that victory, however, following it up with a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley which leaves them currently third from bottom in the table.

Gills have lost all of their last three matches without scoring a goal, last time out losing 3-0 on the road at Oxford. Gillingham have two wins and four draws from their opening 10 league games.

Last Meeting

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Southend United 2-0 Gillingham

Mantom 40’, Moore 90’

Southend began the New Year with a 2-0 win against near-neighbours Gillingham with goals from Sam Mantom and Taylor Moore the difference at Roots Hall.

Mantom put Blues in front when his free-kick floated all the way through and into the net. Moore then sealed the win as Gills threw everyone forward with Moore scoring on the counter-attack.

Blues Team News

Simon Cox is fit and available tomorrow having recovered quickly from an ankle injury picked up against Accrington Stanley last weekend.

Charlie Kelman also picked up an ankle knock against Stanley, but his injury has been found to be more serious with the young striker expected to be out for "a few weeks" following a scan.

John White is another absentee as he continues to recover from a broken arm which is expected to keep the Blues defender out for up to six weeks.

Gillingham Dangerman

Alex Jakubiak is the Gills leading goal scorer so far this term with four goals from his nine starts this season, making him the one the look out for tomorrow afternoon.

The Watford-loanee had a difficult time out on loan at Bristol Rovers last season, going from the turn of the year to the end of the season without scoring.

But this season, Jakubiak has found his scoring boots once more, with strikes against Doncaster and Tranmere along with a brace against Blackpool.  

Ref Watch

Leigh Doughty will take charge of his first League One encounter tomorrow afternoon, being assisted by Stuart Butler and Samuel Ogles, with Daniel Cook filling in as fourth official.

This is Doughty’s first season refereeing in the Football League and so far across his eight games this season he’s issued 15 yellow cards and just the one red.

Doughty was refereeing in the National League last season, so it’ll be the first time he’s taken charge of Blues and it’ll be his first time taking charge of a third-tier match.

Away Fans Guide

Blues fans will be very familiar with the surroundings at Priestfield tomorrow, with those travelling to Kent for the game being housed in the Brian Moore Stand.

The uncovered stand which is behind the goal to the right of the dugouts normally accommodates up to 1,500 fans with the stadium as a whole having a capacity of just over 11,500.

For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.

Tickets

Tickets for tomorrow’s clash come off sale at midday today (Friday 4th October) with tickets available to purchase from the Blues ticket office, online or by calling 08444 770077.

Those looking to purchase on the day will be able to do so from the Gillingham ticket office, but please be aware that prices will increase on matchday by £2.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Gillingham 3-1 Southend

5 October 2019

Blues suffered a 3-1 defeat to Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium in a game that saw Southend finish the game with 10 men and Gills miss two penalties.

The home side dominated the first-half, forcing a string of saves out of Mark Oxley before breaking the deadlock just before the interval with a deflected Alfie Jones effort.

Stuart O’Keefe doubled Gillingham’s lead 40 seconds into the second-half but Simon Cox would fire Blues back into the contest with just over half an hour remaining.

Southend’s hopes of an equaliser looked dashed when substitute Emile Acquah received two yellows in two minutes to receive his marching orders.

Gillingham then had the chance to wrap things up with two penalties in quick succession, but after Mikael Ndjoli hit the post with his first effort, his second was saved brilliantly by Oxley.

Steve Evans’ side though would make the points safe late on as Oxley parried a shot into the reach of Brandon Hanlan who stabbed in Gillingham’s third to grab their first win in four.

Defeat for Blues was their ninth from their opening 11 games of the season and ended a run of three straight wins over their hosts prior to this afternoon.

Following last weekend’s reversal by Accrington, Caretaker boss Gary Waddock made two changes with Jason Demetriou and Isaac Hutchinson coming in for Sam Mantom and Brandon Goodship.

The home side got off to a really bright start and Blues goalkeeper Mark Oxley had to be on top of his game early on as Gillingham forced three saves out of the Southend stopper.  

Oxley was made to tip a Mikael Ndjoli strike around the post at full-stretch before Brandon Hanlan stung the palms of Oxley with a near-post effort that was parried away.

Oliver Lee then tested out Oxley after being picked out by a low ball into the box by Alfie Jones, with the Hearts loanee firing a first-time effort on target but Oxley was equal to it.

Southend weathered the storm but were struggled to put pressure on the Gills backline with the home side continuing to create the clearer opportunities in front of goal.

Blues’ only chance in the opening 45 minutes came when Simon Cox slid Hutchinson in but Jack Bonham spread himself well to smother the young winger’s effort.

But within seconds of that chance up one end, Gillingham would go and break the deadlock up the other end as Alfie Jones fired in with two minutes of the half remaining.

Jones was picked out on the edge of the area before firing his half-volley goalwards, seeing his effort take a wicked deflection off Rob Kiernan to beat Oxley who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.

The lead was arguably deserved by the home side and they could have grabbed a second before the break when Oliver Lee smashed the crossbar from close range in first-half stoppage time.

It wasn’t to matter though as Gills would double their lead 40 seconds after the restart as Lee laid the ball back to former Blue Stuart O’Keefe who curled the ball in from just inside the box.

Southend had won all of their last three meetings with Gillingham, but they were going to need something special to turn things around at Priestfield to extend that run to four.  

And Blues would give themselves a glimmer of hope as they grabbed one back just before the hour mark as Cox halved the deficit with a well-taken effort.

Stephen McLaughlin played a free-kick from the left into the feet of the Southend striker who turned his man before firing through Bonham to put Southend back in the contest.

Cox’s effort lit a fire under Blues who looked a changed team with Stephen Humphrys and Elvis Bwomono both having efforts on goal blocked as the visitors pushed for an equaliser.

But much like last weekend against Accrington, Southend’s hopes were dealt a huge blow as they were reduced to 10 men as Emile Acquah was given his marching orders.

The sub, who’d only come on in the 55th minute, was booked for a clash with Connor Ogilvie before being given a second yellow card for a foul on Barry Fuller two minutes later.

Gillingham would immediately capitalise on having the extra man as Ndjoli won the home side a penalty, being brought down by Harry Lennon inside the penalty area.

The loanee from Bournemouth brushed himself down to take the penalty, but he missed the target, hitting the outside of Oxley’s right-hand post to keep Southend in it.

Gillingham though would earn a second bite of the cherry from the penalty spot as they won a second penalty but again Ndjoli was denied, this time by a fantastic save to his left by Oxley.  

It looked as though the footballing gods were looking down on Blues who pressed for an unlikely equaliser, but any hope of that was ended when Gillingham grabbed a third for the home side.

Oxley pushed a shot from the left into the path of Hanlan who stretched out to prod the ball into the unguarded net and wrap up the points for Gillingham.

Gillingham XI: Bonham, O’Keefe, Ehmer (C), Ogilvie, Hanlan (Jakubiak 90+2’), Ndjoli, Fuller (Tucker 90+4’), Jones, Byrne, Lee (Marshall 65’), O’Connor. Subs Not Used: Walsh, Mandron, Charles-Cook, Pringle

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Milligan (C), Humphrys, Cox, McLaughlin, Kiernan, Hamilton, Demetriou (Shaughnessy 55’), Lennon, Hutchinson (Acquah 55’). Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hyam, Dieng, Ndukwu, Taylor

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Assistants: Stuart Butler & Samuel Ogles

Fourth Official: Daniel Cook

Scorers:

Gillingham: Alfie Jones 43’, Stuart O’Keefe 46’, Brandon Hanlan 87’

Southend United: Simon Cox 58’

Yellow Cards:

Gillingham: Barry Fuller 57’

Southend United: Emile Acquah 63’, Harry Lennon 70’, Elvis Bwomono 71’

Red Cards:

Gillingham: None

Southend United: Emile Acquah 65’

Attendance: 5,091 (704 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Gillingham Tickets & Travel Information

4 October 2019

Gillingham ticket and travel information...

Tickets for Saturday's game against Gillingham at MEMS Priestfield Stadium will come off sale on Friday 4 October at midday. 

Prices:

Category Price
Adults £20.00
Senior (65+) £16.00
Student £6.00
U18 £6.00
U12 £6.00 or free with a paying adult
Carer Free

Please note that ticket delivery options are no longer available, any tickets purchased from now on will have to be collected from the Blues Box Office, or from Gillingham on the day of the game.

We can confirm that tickets will be available to purchase on the day, but these will increase by £2.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Click here for Gillingham travel information.

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