Gills striker confident the team can win games if the defence can continue to keep clean sheets

Cody McDonald says if the Gills can keep another clean sheet today he is confident the hosts have enough goals in them to win the game.

The hosts welcome Port Vale to MEMS Priestfield Stadium this afternoon off the back of two successive home wins, both being clean sheets, and McDonald says the form in front of the club’s own fans has been encouraging.

Speaking to the club website he said: “We weren’t very happy with our home form at the start of the season but over the Christmas period, including the Walsall game where we showed great character at the end, we have had good form.

“A couple of clean sheets and that’s massive for us – if we can keep a clean sheet we know we will score goals and win games.

“If we can put in a performance like we did against Swindon then we will be happy.”

McDonald has scored five goals in his last eight games, and he said it’s important he keeps playing well while his confidence is up. However he is not under-estimating Port Vale who were also promoted from League Two last season.

He added: “All his sides [Micky Adams] that he has ever managed will always be well organised and tough to beat but we need to put that aside, continue to do our thing and I think we can definitely go out and get the three points.

“It’s important as a striker that you keep playing when you’re scoring as your confidence is up a bit and I just want to play games. The weather is killing us a bit at the moment but hopefully we can get the games on and perform as we have been.”

Finally the forward praised the efforts of the ground staff who have worked tirelessly in the last couple of weeks to ensure the games against Swindon and Wolves went ahead.

He admitted that he felt one of the games may get called off, but despite the poor weather this week, Cody said it hasn’t hindered preparation.

He added: “We couldn’t train at the training ground on Thursday for obvious reasons but thankfully the club managed to sort out the 4G at Abbey School in Faversham so we went down there and prepared as if the game would go ahead and the lads are looking forward to it.

“The Swindon game especially, I went out there on the Friday and there were puddles all over the show and I thought there would be no chance so credit to him – he got it all prepared, I’m not sure the weather has been as bad as then so as long as there isn’t too much rain hopefully he can get it on.”

Watch Cody’s exclusive video interview here.