Home form crucial for Gills

GILLINGHAM'S home form could be the key to their Division One survival, writes Derek Davis.The majority of Gills points have come at the Priestfield Stadium, where they have picked up 31 of their 47 points, and player-manager Andy Hessenthaler believes beating Ipswich would go a long way towards ensuring that they stay out of the bottom three.

GILLINGHAM'S home form could be the key to their Division One survival, writes Derek Davis.

The majority of Gills points have come at the Priestfield Stadium, where they have picked up 31 of their 47 points, and player-manager Andy Hessenthaler believes beating Ipswich would go a long way towards ensuring that they stay out of the bottom three.

After that he feels one more win, either away at already relegated Wimbledon or at home against Coventry, would be enough before they go to Stoke on the final day of the season.

Hessenthaler said: “We have to hold our nerve. I think 53 points will keep us in the division.


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“We probably need two more wins and the game against Ipswich is the toughest of the four games we have left.”

The Kent side beat struggling Walsall 3-0 on Monday at home to remain one point above the relegation zone, but that crucial result came after five successive defeats.

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Once again Patrick Agyemang impressed with two goals, to take his tally to five goals in 16 games since signing from Wimbledon as a replacement for Marlon King, who chose to join Nottingham Forest.

His strike partner Mamady Sidibe has not been so prolific but will still be a handful for John McGreal and Matt Elliott, although the duo have shown good signs of a blossoming central defensive partnership.

Paul Smith is a doubt after missing Monday's victory with a foot injury.

The bookies have Ipswich as slight favourites to win, at 6-5, while Gillingham are 15-8 and the draw is 12-5.

Regarding individual scores, the 1-1 draw is favoured at 6-1, with Ipswich 15-2 to win 2-1 and 8-1 to win 2-0.

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