Gowling banned for Grecians trip

Date published: Sunday 27th December 2009 4:11

Gowling was dismissed for two yellow cards in the fiery home defeat by Brentford on Boxing Day and will now begin a second suspension in a short space of time as he only returned from a two-game ban against the Bees.

Matt Fry missed Saturday’s clash through a suspension of his own, but he is now available and the on-loan defender should come back into Mark Stimson’s side.

Simon Joyce is a continued absentee after a recent car crash so the transfer-listed Alan Julian will continue in goal, while Simon King is a long-term absentee.

The loss on Saturday, which saw Stimson clash with Brentford counterpart Andy Scott at the full-time whistle, will be the source of some worry for the Gills boss as they can ill-afford to let their impressive home form slip, having such a dreadful run of form on the road, collecting just one point all season.

Meanwhile, Stimson insists his side have got to discover a ruthless streak after Ben Strevens ended their long unbeaten run at Priestfield.

The Gills had not been beaten on their own patch since August but, despite dominating proceedings, they went down to Strevens’ 42nd-minute goal as Brentford ground out a 1-0 win.

Home defender Josh Gowling and Bees striker Charlie MacDonald both saw red after the break and Stimson was left to wonder what might have been.

“We are in the results business and if you get a good performance as well then it’s doubly frustrating,” said “We didn’t get the result even though we had enough chances to win two or three games.

“We’ve come across a good goalkeeper and with better finishing we would have won comfortably, so it’s frustrating. But I’ll take that performance any day of the week. It was a joy to watch in the first half but when we went down to 10 men we couldn’t create as much.

“Josh has gone to win the ball and MacDonald has just collided with him. I think there were a fair few other challenges that didn’t get cautions, but Brentford got their reward.”

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