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Date published: Friday 14th January 2011 4:28

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Gills on the up and up

What a turnaround in fortunes it’s been for The Gills over the past eight weeks!

With the away day hoodoo finally over after wins at both Oxford and Barnet the side has finally showed us all what they’re capable of – winning six out of the last seven games. Most definitely promotion form I hear you whisper softly!

The run has seen Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler receive the December manager of the month award and quite rightly so. However, the players must take great credit for the way they’ve gone about the task.

It takes a lot of guts, desire and character to produce the sort of performances and results they have recently after the dreadful first three months of the season! Supporters are very quick to jump on the bandwagon and criticise players when all is not well so i feel it’s only right to applaud those same players for turning our season around.

The way we breezed past second placed Port Vale (3-0) and battered both Macclesfield (4-2) and Stockport (5-1) in their own backyards will certainly have made others in the division take note.


I wonder how much impact recent recruit Sports psychologist Ashley Lawrence had in the change of fortunes of the club? After all, confidence and belief in your own ability is a big part of the game. I wonder if Bayo actually realises he could be as good as Lionel Messi on his day?

We’re now at the half way point in the season and The Gills are currently sitting just a point outside of the play-off positions and only seven points off third place. The signs are very encouraging with the way the side is playing at the moment and with key players (most notably King and Richards) coming back from injury.

On loan striker Cody McDonald took a while to settle into the team but is on fire at the moment scoring eleven in eighteen games so far this season and i think it’s fair to say there’s a lot more to come from him. It’s also great to see Andy Barcham back after injury, doing what he does best – running down the wing and terrifying opposing full backs!

With five of the next seven games at Priestfield in the next few weeks we should be quietly confident of challenging further towards the play-off/promotion positions. Mind you these days it doesn’t seem to matter where Gillingham play albeit at home or away!

Up The Gills!

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