Ternent confident of Gills win
TODAY'S clash with Ipswich is not yet a must-win for relegation-threatened Gillingham but they see it as a could-win, writes Derek Davis.After winning five and drawing two of the past eight games at the Priestfield Stadium, the rejuvenated Gills are brimming with confidence.
TODAY'S clash with Ipswich is not yet a must-win for relegation-threatened Gillingham but they see it as a could-win, writes Derek Davis.
After winning five and drawing two of the past eight games at the Priestfield Stadium, the rejuvenated Gills are brimming with confidence.
Stan Ternent's assistant Ronnie Jepson admits their home form could put pressure on his players and so insists that Ipswich are still favourites.
He said: "We have had some good results but if you looked at the fixed odds coupon, there is no way we can be favourites.
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"Ipswich have got some great players and have won their last two games.
"But our confidence levels are high and our players are looking forward to pitting their wits against Ipswich.
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"Everyone from one to 11 has given 110% for the club and we need more of the same.
"We have had a good run of form recently but so have the teams around us, so we need to keep getting results."
The Gills have been boosted by the availability of leading scorer Darius Henderson, after his red card for violent conduct at Leeds was rescinded, and he will be partnered by Mama Sidibe up front.
The biggest doubt is over goalkeeper Steve Banks, who limped out of the 2-1 win at home against Stoke City on Tuesday night with a dead leg.
Bertrand Bossu replaced him in that game and is likely to keep his place, although Jason Brown could be available after a seven-game injury lay-off.
Centre back Barry Ashby misses out with an ankle strain, while Alan Pouton is a major doubt with a back problem.
Danny Spiller has recovered from a virus and is likely to be included in the squad, which has been boosted lately by the signing on loan from Blackburn of Jay McEveley, who scored the opening goal on Tuesday, and Stuart Douglas.