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GILLINGHAM V SHREWSBURY TOWN: MATCH PREVIEW

26 January 2017

The Gills host Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One on Saturday, January 28, 3pm kick-off

Sky Bet League One 
MEMS Priestfield Stadium 
Saturday, January 28
3pm kick-off 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Gavin Muge and Sam Purkiss
Fourth Official: Stephen Finch

Ady Pennock’s first home game in charge of the Gills comes against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday in Sky Bet League One. 

Tickets are still available for this eagerly-anticipated match at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium; fans can buy theirs online now by clicking here.  

TEAM NEWS
Gills head coach Pennock confirmed that Chris Herd is still a doubt for Saturday’s visit of Salop. The defender was replaced by Emmanuel Osadebe at half-time against Sheffield United on Saturday after suffering a head injury just before the break.

The Australian remains the only new injury worry, and the head coach also gave an update on long-term absentees Lee Martin and Bradley Garmston. 

"We have to be careful with Bradley [Garmston] and Lee [Martin] and manage them properly," said Pennock. "Hopefully they'll be playing in an in-house game next week, but when they return they will be like two new signings."

Pennock also praised the supporters for their backing at Bramall Lane on Saturday, saying: "The 300 or so Gillingham fans were out-singing the 20,000 Sheffield United fans, and it was fantastic to hear. It was something special, but we have to do it here [at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium]."

THE OPPOSITION
Paul Hurst’s team sit one place in front of the relegation spots on 28 points; a win for Salop on Saturday could see them move above the Gills on goal difference.

Town duo Louis Dodds and Ryan McGivern have both stepped up their training in a bid to be fit for the trip to Kent, with both missing out on their side's crucial win against Oldham Athletic on Saturday. 

Shrewsbury’s top scorer Dodds scored both goals when the teams met back in August, but has been sidelined with a calf injury.

Northern Ireland international McGivern has been out of action for a month with a shoulder injury, but looks set to be part of the travelling squad on Saturday. 

LAST TIME WE MET
The two sides last met at the start of the season where the Gills came away from Greenhous Meadow with all three points. 

Two second-half goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, alongside Max Ehmer’s last-minute winner, saw the Gills overturn a two-goal deficit at half-time and come out 3-2 winners. 


The teams have met 60 times in total, with the Gills winning 19, drawing 18 and losing 23.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Gills win – 1/1
Draw – 15/5
Shrewsbury win–13/5

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet

MATCH COVERAGE 
GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 3pm with Ben Watts and Peter Lloyd. To subscribe, click here. 

The GillsWall will have interactive text commentary of the match, and the club’s social media channels will bring fans live updates throughout the day. 

SATURDAY'S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Bristol Rovers vs Swindon (12.30pm kick-off)  
Bolton vs Charlton
Bury vs Walsall
Fleetwood Town vs Southend 
Northampton vs Coventry
Oldham vs Bradford 
Peterborough vs MK Dons
Scunthorpe vs Port Vale 


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