Boss Martin Allen got his Gillingham career off to a winning start away to Championship side Bristol City in the League Cup first round.

Danny Kedwell put the League Two club 1-0 up from the penalty spot at the end of the first half after City defender Liam Fontaine handballed.

Ben Strevens flicked home Charlie Allen's corner to double the lead.

Marvin Elliott headed home deep into added time, but it was no more than a consolation goal for the hosts.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol City manager Derek McInnes told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I don't think Gillingham outplayed us but they certainly out-worked and out-fought us.

"Our performance for large spells was unacceptable and I feel Gillingham gained confidence from winning battles.

"It was bitterly disappointing; I'm not going to dress it up.

"Pre-season has firmly gone now and that result has smacked us between the eyes and we didn't see it coming."

Gillingham manager Martin Allen tells BBC Radio Kent:

"It was a great team effort to defend like that. I don't think our keeper had a save to make.

"With cup football, anything can happen and our squad has worked tremendously hard and none of them complained.

"It's not easy when you come away to a Championship club and you're going to get pressure but we defended as a team.

"It's not by luck. It's been hours of dedication. The players get rewards for their hard work and dedication."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol City

  • 22 Gerken
  • 02 Foster
  • 04 Fontaine Booked
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 11 Woolford Booked
  • 14 Skuse
  • 15 Pearson (Elliott - 86' )
  • 20 Morris (Bolasie - 64' )
  • 27 Adomah
  • 09 Stead
  • 10 Pitman

Substitutes

  • 01 Heaton
  • 12 Wilson
  • 23 Edwards
  • 26 Bryan
  • 07 Bolasie
  • 21 Anderson
  • 25 Elliott

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish Booked
  • 06 Flanagan
  • 11 Jackman
  • 12 Frampton
  • 07 Whelpdale (Birchall - 73' )
  • 08 Lee
  • 14 Allen (Davies - 79' )
  • 16 Montrose Booked
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 10 Strevens (Dack - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 05 Essam
  • 15 Davies
  • 22 Evans
  • 18 Dack
  • 23 Webster
  • 17 Birchall
Ref: Coote
Att: 4,339

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

3 6

Corners

7 6

Fouls

9 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:39 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +5:14

Jon Stead takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

90:00 +4:28

The assist for the goal came from Brett Pitman.

90:00 +4:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Elliott - Bristol C 1 - 2 Gillingham Marvin Elliott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Bristol City 1-2 Gillingham.

90:00 +3:56

The ball is sent over by Brett Pitman,

90:00 +3:56 Booking

Booking Booking for Matt Fish for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:45

Unfair challenge on Yannick Bolasie by Matt Fish results in a free kick.

90:00 +1:39

Brett Pitman is ruled offside. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:30

The ball is swung over by Martyn Woolford, Header by Jon Stead from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

89:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Kedwell on Lewin Nyatanga. Marvin Elliott takes the indirect free kick.

88:26

The offside flag is raised against Danny Kedwell. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Fontaine.

87:52

Bradley Dack takes a short corner.

87:28

Adam Birchall takes a shot. Blocked by Martyn Woolford.

87:02

Bradley Dack decides to take a short corner.

86:23

Short corner worked by Bradley Dack.

85:45

Martyn Woolford challenges Danny Kedwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Fish.

85:02 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Elliott is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Pearson.

83:47

The ball is swung over by Yannick Bolasie.

82:54

Matt Fish takes the free kick.

82:54 Booking

Booking Martyn Woolford is shown a yellow card.

82:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish by Martyn Woolford.

80:36

Jon Stead challenges Matt Fish unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Fish.

77:45

Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Callum Davies on for Charlie Allen.

77:45

Brett Pitman is ruled offside.

72:18 Substitution

Substitution Adam Birchall replaces Chris Whelpdale.

69:29

Brett Pitman takes the inswinging corner, Andy Frampton manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Brett Pitman from the left by-line, clearance by Andy Frampton. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yannick Bolasie from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Matt Fish. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Yannick Bolasie.

69:04

Jon Stead takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Lee.

68:04

Martyn Woolford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale. Free kick crossed by Charlie Allen, Dean Gerken makes a save.

64:52 Substitution

Substitution Ben Strevens goes off and Bradley Dack comes on.

62:57 Substitution

Substitution Yannick Bolasie comes on in place of Jody Morris.

62:57

A cross is delivered by Albert Adomah.

61:52

Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Allen from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken.

61:29

Lewis Montrose takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Pearson.

59:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jon Stead. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

56:35

Shot on goal by Cole Skuse from just inside the area goes over the target.

53:49

Assist on the goal came from Tom Flanagan.

53:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Strevens - Bristol C 0 - 2 Gillingham Ben Strevens grabs a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol City 0-2 Gillingham.

52:50

Charlie Allen takes the outswinging corner, drilled shot by Tom Flanagan.

52:39

Ben Strevens crosses the ball, Lewin Nyatanga gets a block in.

51:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish by Jon Stead. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

50:23

Unfair challenge on Andy Frampton by Jody Morris results in a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

49:46

Shot from a long way out by Charlie Lee goes wide of the left-hand upright.

49:05

Corner from the right by-line taken by Martyn Woolford, clearance made by Lewis Montrose.

48:43

Jon Stead delivers the ball, Andy Frampton gets a block in.

46:56

The ball is delivered by Stephen Pearson, Lewis Montrose gets a block in.

45:36

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Pitman played to the near post, Ben Strevens manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:51 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Bristol C 0 - 1 Gillingham Danny Kedwell scores a power penalty. Bristol City 0-1 Gillingham.

45:00 +0:23 Booking

Booking Liam Fontaine goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:18

Liam Fontaine is penalised for a handball.

44:52

Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken.

43:39

Charlie Lee fouled by Stephen Pearson, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Lee restarts play with the free kick.

41:20

Free kick crossed by Brett Pitman, clearance made by Ben Strevens.

41:20 Booking

Booking Lewis Montrose receives a caution.

40:24

Stephen Pearson fouled by Lewis Montrose, the ref awards a free kick.

38:54

The ball is sent over by Albert Adomah.

38:17

The ball is swung over by Jody Morris, Tom Flanagan makes a clearance.

36:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jon Stead. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

30:04

Centre by Matt Fish, Close range headed effort by Danny Kedwell goes wide of the left-hand post.

28:03

Chris Whelpdale has an effort at goal. Save by Dean Gerken.

26:27

Corner taken by Martyn Woolford, Charlie Lee manages to make a clearance.

26:02

A cross is delivered by Brett Pitman.

25:12

Jon Stead is caught offside. Lewis Montrose restarts play with the free kick.

23:46

Effort from the edge of the box by Charlie Lee goes wide of the left-hand post.

21:42

Martyn Woolford has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

20:41

Cole Skuse produces a drilled left-footed shot from 35 yards. Charlie Allen gets a block in.

19:01

Foul by Stephen Pearson on Charlie Allen, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Fish.

17:12

Charlie Lee produces a cross.

13:33

Albert Adomah produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

13:04

Charlie Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Gerken. Dean Gerken restarts play with the free kick.

12:01

Effort from 35 yards by Charlie Lee went wide of the right-hand post.

11:10

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Allen, Jon Stead manages to make a clearance.

10:32

The offside flag is raised against Brett Pitman. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

9:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ben Strevens. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.

5:02

Jody Morris fouled by Charlie Allen, the ref awards a free kick. Cole Skuse restarts play with the free kick.

4:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Kedwell. Liam Fontaine restarts play with the free kick.

0:44

Foul by Cole Skuse on Charlie Lee, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Charlie Lee from the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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