Goals from Bradley Dack and Cody McDonald eased Gillingham's relegation fears and kept Tranmere within two points of the League One drop zone.

Rovers are two points above the safety line, while the Gills have moved seven points clear of the bottom four.

Dack superbly volleyed in Joe Martin's deep cross to put the hosts in front with 12 minutes remaining.

And after Tranmere sent keeper Owain Fon Williams forward for a corner, McDonald slotted in to seal the win.

Fon Williams had earlier made a series of saves to keep Rovers in the game, while the visitors close through Jake Cassidy, Jason Koumas and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"We needed a very important win and needed a better performance than last Saturday.

"We know what Bradley Dack is capable of - he's got great lungs and legs. At times he's been frustrated that he hasn't played so much lately, but we're happy with his work today.

"We would be unlucky to go down with 51 points, but it's still not impossible so we've got to be careful.

"I spoke to the chairman before - we're not interested in talking about next season, we're just interested in getting enough points to stay up. Once we've got enough points - then Mr [Paul] Scally has got to make a decision."

Tranmere caretaker manager John McMahon told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It's so difficult to comprehend how we can come away with a 2-0 defeat after that performance.

"Again, a lack of concentration cost us. We gave everything we had and if there was a team that was going to win the game, I thought it was going to be us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 18 Lee (Dack - 66' Booked )
  • 03 Martin Booked
  • 31 Hessenthaler Booked
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 29 Hewitt
  • 12 Gregory
  • 10 McDonald
  • 08 Akinfenwa (Kedwell - 70' )
  • 11 Weston

Substitutes

  • 04 Linganzi
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 15 Dack
  • 23 Harriman
  • 27 Fagan
  • 35 Baxter

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 29 Pennington
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 17 Power
  • 04 Taylor
  • 05 Goodison (Holmes - 28' )
  • 26 Akpa-Akpro
  • 22 Koumas (Stockton - 85' )
  • 14 Cassidy
  • 09 Lowe (Arthurworrey - 90' )
  • 20 Brown

Substitutes

  • 02 Holmes
  • 12 Rowe
  • 15 Kirby
  • 16 Stockton
  • 28 Boland
  • 32 Arthurworrey
  • 33 Mooney
Ref: Michael Naylor
Att: 7,343

Match Stats

Shots

17 10

On target

9 2

Corners

11 6

Fouls

15 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gillingham 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

90:00 +2:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Nelson.

90:00 +1:49

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

90:00 +1:34

Attempt blocked. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Stephen Arthurworrey replaces Ryan Lowe.

89:31

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

88:16

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jason Koumas.

84:00

Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:56

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

81:38

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

81:38

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:41

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

79:47

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:47

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).

78:20 Booking

Booking Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

77:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Martin.

73:25

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:57

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.

71:47

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

70:18

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

70:18

Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Danny Kedwell replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.

68:55

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

67:29

Attempt blocked. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Charlie Lee.

65:03

Attempt saved. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

64:33

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

64:20

Attempt blocked. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:51

Attempt saved. Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:14

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

61:32

Foul by Myles Weston (Gillingham).

61:32

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:32

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

60:05

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

59:36

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.

59:22

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

57:35

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.

54:14

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:34 Booking

Booking Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

51:11

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

51:11

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:17

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

49:17

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:01

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

48:01

Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:20

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:20

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Gillingham 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gillingham 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:09

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

43:15

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

39:58

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.

39:46

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

39:17

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:17

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

34:54 Booking

Booking Joe Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

34:44

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

34:44

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:17

Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

33:09

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Junior Brown.

30:30

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

30:30

Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:48

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

27:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Danny Holmes replaces Ian Goodison because of an injury.

27:11

Attempt missed. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

25:24

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

25:24

Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:02

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:02

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

24:21

Foul by Leon Legge (Gillingham).

24:21

Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:58

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

23:48

Attempt blocked. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:18

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Joe Martin.

19:46

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:46

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

18:40

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

17:55

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

17:55

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:21

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.

14:01

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham).

14:01

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:39

Attempt blocked. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:37

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

11:37

(Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:31

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

8:41

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

8:41

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:47

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

6:20

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

5:16

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

3:50

Attempt missed. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

1:55

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

0:34

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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