Sky Bet League One
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Sunday, 8th May
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Dean Treleaven and Mark Mellor
Fourth Official: Thomas Ramsey
The Gills host Millwall in the final game of the Sky Bet League One season on Sunday, in a match that defines the term ‘must win.’
Justin Edinburgh’s team need to pick up all three points and hope that the fellow play-off hopefuls Scunthorpe and Barnsley drop points, which would see the Gills clinch the final play-off spot.
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Manager Edinburgh confirmed that Aaron Morris had a scan on Tuesday, and that the damage from the injury sustained against Burton isn’t as serious as first feared. Morris, along with Adam El-Abd, is touch and go to be fit in time for the 12.30pm kick off this Sunday.
Bradley Garmston is unlikely to feature against Millwall, after the left-back was substituted with just 15 minutes played at the weekend, and Andrew Crofts is with parent club Brighton as he recovers from the knock picked up against Walsall. Other than the aforementioned, the manager has no other injury concerns.
Edinburgh said that there is a positive mood in the camp, especially with the recent return of Doug Loft and Dominic Samuel giving the squad a boost.
“There’s a huge amount of hope because we can claim that final place in the play-offs. We’re always confident. We believe in ourselves and that we can win football matches, and we certainly believe we can win on Sunday,” he said.
Edinburgh added that the team can take confidence from the 3-0 victory over Millwall at The Den in December, however previous matches will not have any bearing on the match this Sunday.
He said: “There’s a real good feel about the camp, there’s optimism, and I feel we will take care of our game and then we will see what happens in the other two.”
Millwall have already secured their place in the play-offs, and are currently on course to face Bradford in the semi-finals.
Neil Harris’ team have lost just three times in the last 20 games and are third in the form table over the last six matches, behind high-flying Wigan and play-off hopefuls Scunthorpe.
The Lions eased to a 3-0 victory over Oldham at the weekend and, even though they are guaranteed a top-five finish, Harris says they will be focussed on the job in hand on Sunday.
“We’ve won three games on the spin and we’re confident at the moment. The boys are really enjoying coming to work, and that’s key,” he said.
“We’re guaranteed a play-off place but nothing will change for us, it’ll be exactly the same pattern to training, the same structure. We’re methodical in our planning, giving boys time to recover from games with half-sessions and we focus diligently on the opposition as we always do.
“There won’t be any different messages from staff to players and the players will go out on Sunday knowing how much I want to win the game. There will be no mixed messages.”
LAST TIME WE MET
The Gills cruised to a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture at the Den in December. Dominic Samuel scored twice, opening the scoring on 20 minutes and adding another with just one minute of normal time remaining. Bradley Dack scored a penalty sandwiched between the two Samuel strikes, after Cody McDonald was fouled in the Lions’ box.
Highlights of the previous meeting can be found here.
In total the teams have met 96 times, with Gilingham winning 27, losing 48 and drawing 21.
FANCY A FLUTTER?
Gillingham win – 21/20
Draw – 5/2
Millwall win – 5/2
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SUNDAY’S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Bradford v Chesterfield
Bury v Southend
Colchester v Rochdale
Doncaster v Burton
Fleetwood v Crewe
Gillingham v Millwall
Oldham v Coventry
Peterborough v Blackpool
Port Vale v Walsall
Sheff Utd v Scunthorpe
Swindon v Shrewsbury
Wigan v Barnsley
*Matches are 12.30pm kick-offs unless stated