Alex MacDonald could return to the Gills squad as Steve Evans' men prepare to do battle against MK Dons at ME7.
Gillingham v MK Dons
Sky Bet League One
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Tuesday March 2
Steve Evans could name an unchanged starting 11 following Saturday’s impressive draw at Portsmouth. Stuart O’Keefe played his first full 90 minutes since returning from injury, so will be monitored.
Alex MacDonald missed the game through illness but is hopeful of being fit enough to play.
Russell Martin confirmed that Andrew Surman came off against Oxford due to tiredness. Daniel Harvie picked up a knock in the game and had to be substituted before half-time. He will be a doubt for Tuesday’s fixture.
Scott Fraser could start having come out of his appearance against Shrewsbury unscathed. Jordan Houghton, a former Gills loanee, may see an increased role after featuring in the last two games as he continues to rebuild his match fitness.
Steve Evans - “Russ [Martin] has done a terrific job. They’re full of good players.
“They’ll be expansive, they’ll be passing, and Russ is young man that I’ve got a lot of time for. He’s a young man that’ll do very well in this game of management. We know it’s going to be a tough evening for us.”
Russell Martin - “Gillingham is a tough place to play, against a manager who knows the league really well. His teams have great intensity and they are very good at what they do. It’s a game where we'll have to show a lot of character."
17/10/2020 - MK Dons 2-0 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One
21/12/2019 - Gillingham 3-1 MK Dons - Sky Bet League One
29/03/2018 - Gillingham 1-2 MK Dons - Sky Bet League One
19/08/2017 - MK Dons 1-0 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One
01/04/2017 - MK Dons 3-2 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One
The last meeting between the sides at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium came in December 2019. First half goals from Mikael Mandron and Brandon Hanlan put Gills 2-0 up, but Alex Gilbey scored shortly after half-time. However, Max Ehmer scored five minutes later to restore the two-goal lead for Steve Evans’ side as they won 3-1.
A memorable Gills win against MK Dons came in February 2015 with a 4-2 victory. Cody McDonald, Bradley Dack, Bradley Garmston and John Marquis all scored on the day as Gillingham defeated the promotion hunters.
MK Dons narrowly lead the head-to-head with eight wins to Gillingham’s seven, and there have been four draws in the fixture.
Gillingham win- 19/10
MK Dons- 13/10
Special Bet: Vadaine Oliver to score first and Gillingham to win 3-1- 80/1.
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Stephen Finch and Paul Kelly
Fourth Official: Christopher Pollard
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