Neil Harris takes charge of his third game in charge of Gills, looking to reduce the gap to League 1 safety.
Gillingham v Cambridge United
Sky Bet League One
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Tuesday February 8th
Danny Lloyd will miss the game after coming off on a stretcher against Ipswich Town with a knee injury. Ben Thompson was also brought off in the defeat but should be okay to start.
Mustapha Carayol has been cleared in the concussion protocol ahead of the game with Cambridge, but he is also recovering from a knee injury. Tuesday may come too soon for him. Ben Reeves remains out of action.
Cambridge defender Jack Iredale is awaiting the results of his MRI scan, so will miss the trip to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium. Joe Ironside is a doubt, having missed the last six games due to an ankle knock.
Neil Harris - “The challenge for the players is to now repeat that performance after the disappointment of today [Saturday].
“We will go in tomorrow [Sunday] as they need to prepare because we’ve got a game on Tuesday. They want to be prepared for Tuesday night.”
Mark Bonner - “They’ve changed everything in the last two games; their mindset, work ethic, organisation, shape, and system. The structure of their team has changed completely, and a few players have moved on since we last played them. It’s a completely different animal in comparison to the one that we played previously in the season.”
When the two sides met earlier in the season, it was the Gills that came out on top, thanks to a goal in either half. Vadaine Oliver prodded Gillingham in front midway through the first half. Danny Lloyd doubled that lead on the hour, thanks to a stunning individual goal. He ran half the length of the pitch before rifling an unstoppable shot from a difficult angle into the roof of the net.
The club’s last home game against The U’s came in October 1999. Peter Taylor’s side won all three points that day thanks to a brace from Andy Thomson. Tom Youngs had initially put Cambridge in front after 18 minutes, but Thomson brought Gills level after the break. The hosts left it late to find a winner, and it was Thommo that produced the goods.
Gillingham win - 6/4
Draw - 9/4
Cambridge United win - 17/10
Special Bet: Vadaine Oliver to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0- 35/1.
Referee - James Bell
Assistants - Stephen Finch and Nicholas Cooper
Fourth Official - Daniel Bonneywell
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