GOAL OF THE MONTH: JANUARY

Vote for your January Goal of the Month

There were some fantastic strikes during January 2017, and we have picked five for our Goal of the Month competition. Which was your favourite?

Here are this month’s nominees:

#GILLSGOTM1: Youth prospect Henry Woods had one thing in his mind when he picked up the ball 30 yards out against MK Dons’ under-18s, and that was to go for goal. He didn’t disappoint, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance with a strike into the top corner.

#GILLSGOTM2: Ryan Jackson, Bradley Dack and Scott Wagstaff were all involved in Josh Wright’s equaliser at league leaders Sheffield United on January 21, with the latter providing the finish after clever interplay down the right from his team-mates.

#GILLSGOTM3: Darren Oldaker won the November Goal of the Month for a stunning strike against West Brom, but his late winner against Peterborough United’s under-18s on January 24 was also one to remember.

#GILLSGOTM4: Deji Oshilaja is known for his tough-tackling and defending, but proved he can finish when Stuart Nelson’s assist landed at his feet against Shrewsbury Town.

#GILLSGOTM5: Lee Martin is yet to play a competitive game for the Gills following a long-term injury sustained in pre-season, but the winger showed skill and class in the private friendly against Dagenham and Redbridge, beating two defenders before placing the ball in the far corner.

Fans can vote by commenting on social media, or by emailing media@priestfield.com with their favourite goal.

LIST: “I’M CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITY”

Elliott List is hoping to build on his performance in his first league start for the Gills in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Oldham and show supporters what he is capable of.

Gills head coach Ady Pennock spoke of the importance of wingers in his first press conference at the club last week, and was impressed with List’s display at the Sportsdirect.com Park on Saturday.

The 19-year-old made a couple of mazy runs down the right-wing against the Latics, before being substituted for Rory Donnelly in the 68th minute.

List on…his first league start: “I just wanted to show the fans what I can do, [to] try and be positive and create something for the team.

“That’s my game, I try and create chances. I still think I can bring more. It [Saturday] wasn’t the best performance I have had, and it wasn’t the worst, but you can always do better, no matter who you are.”

List on…his personal game: “I’ve been practicing one-on-ones with [first-team coach] Steve Lovell, who has been helping me. I’ve been getting at the full-back and trying to get crosses in, while trying to get a lot of the ball.

“I am confident in my ability. I know what I can do. I just have to show everyone else that I am doing the right things; getting balls into the box and scoring goals for the team.”

List on… the new management: “Everyone wants to get behind him [Pennock] and get results for him. We’re devastated we didn’t get the result [on Saturday], but we have to go to Sheffield United and bounce back.”

List on…drawing fouls from the opposition: “I’ve always had that from a young age. I’m always going to get fouled as I am quick, but I don’t mind as long as we get free-kicks in good areas, it’s a positive.

PENNOCK: “WE WANT TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING”

Recently-appointed Head Coach Ady Pennock hopes to hit the ground running and pick up points in his first few matches in charge of the Gills, starting at Oldham Athletic on Saturday, January 14.

The new management team of Pennock, Steve Lovell, Jamie Day and Neil Withington were accompanied by Gills chairman Paul Scally in their first press conference at the club on Friday morning.

Pennock, a former captain and fan-favourite, took his first training session in charge shortly after the press conference, and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Pennock on…being back at the club: “I am delighted. Everybody knows what I think of the football club. The chairman gave me a call a couple of days ago and asked me to be Head Coach; it was great.

“I had some fantastic times here as a player, obviously playing at Wembley twice was great, and I have a rapport with the supporters. Long may that continue.

“I am very pleased to be here, and very excited. With the backing of the chairman and with Steve [Lovell] and Jamie [Day], two very good coaches, plus Neil [Withington], one of the best fitness coaches around, the boys will be working very hard on and off the pitch.”

Pennock on…the Gills supporters: “I want to get this place rocking and rolling again. When we were here last time it was a fantastic place. The supporters are absolutely top draw, both home and away.

“The amount of support we take on the road and the noise they make is phenomenal, and we’d like for that to carry on and get their bums off the seats when we’re winning games.”

Pennock on…the January transfer window: “We’ve had lots of conversations and I’ve had agents calling me. It’s January, there are players whose loan spells end and there are contacts expiring.

“There’s not going to be wholesale changes, but there are going to be two or three players coming in, and, unfortunately, two or three going out.

“We have to make those decisions very quickly, because we want to come in here and hit the ground running. We’re not here to just make up the numbers; we want to get result straight away.”

You can watch the full press conference below:

OLDAKER WINS NOVEMBER GOAL OF THE MONTH

The midfielder’s goal against West Brom was voted the best by Gills fans

Academy graduate Darren Oldaker’s goal against West Bromwich Albion in the Checkatrade Trophy has been voted as the November Goal of the Month by Gillingham supporters.

November saw some spectacular goals for the Gills, but the 17-year-old’s 25-yard effort took the monthly prize, just ahead of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’s last-gasp winner against Northampton Town.

Oldaker’s goal against Albion was his second in senior football, with his first coming against Luton Town at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, also in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Gills manager Justin Edinburgh praised Oldaker for his performance in the centre of the park at The Hawthorns on November 8.

“It was a fantastic finish,” said Edinburgh. “I thought he was absolutely outstanding in the first half. He dictated play, his use of ball was excellent and he showed tenacity when he was off the ball. It was a well-deserved goal.”

You can watch all of the nominations for the November Goal of the Month below:

GOALCAM: GILLS 2-1 NORTHAMPTON

Watch the goals from our exclusive angle

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ 91st minute strike secured all three points for the Gills against Northampton on Saturday, completing a comeback after going into half-time 1-0 down.

John-Joe O’Toole opened the scoring, before Max Ehmer equalised for Justin Edinburgh’s men just after the restart.

You can watch the match action from our exclusive angle below:

OCTOBER GOAL OF THE MONTH

Vote for your October Goal of the Month

Vote for your goal of the month for the chance to win tickets to England women vs Slovenia at Medway Park on Tuesday, November 22, courtesy of Table Tennis England.

October’s shortlist includes goals from two Academy graduates, exceptional hold-up play and a well-worked set-play routine with a cool finish.

Here are this month’s nominees:

#GILLSGOTM1: Josh Wright claimed his third goal of the season to date against Bristol Rovers, after scoring only once in the entire 2015/16 campaign. The captain escaped his marker from a Ryan Jackson long-throw, before burying the ball from six-yards to make it 1-0.

#GILLSGOTM2: Scott Wagstaff was the provider and Cody McDonald the finisher in the evening match against Walsall. The former did extremely well to hold the ball up, before executing an inch-perfect cross to McDonald, who rose highest to head in the opener.

#GILLSGOTM3: Charlton Athletic came to Gillingham for the first time in a competitive match since 2009, and former Addick Bradley Dack popped up with a looping header at the back-post to score against his old club. Paul Konchesky, another of the Gills’ Charlton connections, provided the assist.

#GILLSGOTM4: Jake Hessenthaler scored his eighth career goal for the Gills with an instinctive strike from 20-yards. Fleetwood only half cleared following a corner, and the midfielder struck first-time into the bottom corner to level the scores.

Watch the October Goal of the Month nominations below: