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Preview: Gillingham v Southend United

26 July 2019

Gillingham vs Southend United...

Overview

Pre-season comes to an end for Blues tonight when they face League One opposition in Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium - 7:00pm kick off.

With it being a second game in three day, changes from Wednesday’s promising performance and result against Millwall are expected from Kevin Bond.

Gillingham have a new manager in former Peterborough boss Steve Evans for this season, who takes over on a permanent basis following the dismissal of Steve Lovell back in April.

A new man at the helm has resulted in a summer shake-up with a number of new arrivals on the playing front, the latest being former Charlton winger Mark Marshall and former Colchester striker Mikael Mandron.

Pre-season results

Gillingham

Vs Faversham – 9-1 W
Vs Folkestone – 4-0 W
Vs Dartford – 2-1 W
Vs Charlton – 3-1 W
Vs Millwall – 2-1 L
Vs Dover – 2-2 D 

Southend

Vs Reading – 2-0 L
Vs Billericay Town – 3-2 W
Vs Weymouth – 2-2 D
Vs Exeter City – 2-1 L
Vs Dagenham & Redbridge – 1-1 D
Vs Millwall – 2-1 W

First League Game

Gillingham

Doncaster (A)

Southend

Coventry (A)

Team News

Simon Cox, Timothee Dieng and Jason Demetriou will all miss out on the last game of pre-season as they continue working hard to come back from injuries.

Tom Hopper, Sam Barratt, Harry Kyprianou and Lewis Gard are all recovering from long term injuries.

Theo Robinson is in line to start after coming off the bench and scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory over Millwall.

Manager Quotes

"It's pre-season so we won't get too down or too upbeat about results but the performance against Millwall was very encouraging I thought," said Kevin Bond.

"We were playing difficult opposition as Millwall are a strong Championship side and the players all worked really hard.

"There were plenty of positives, including two goals for Theo Robinson.

"Hopefully we can carry that on at Gillingham now.

"It’s another chance for us to see them [the trialists] in a game and it’s always going to be competitive against a team managed by Steve Evans so it will be a good test."

Ticket Info

Tickets for travelling Blues fans will only be on sale from the Blues Box Office until midday. They’ll then be available on the gate. Prices are:

Adults - £15.00

U18’s - £5.00

U12’s – £0.00 (with a paying Adult), this can be redeemed by from the Box Office


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