Gillingham 2-1 Plymouth

Chris Whelpdale

Gillingham extended their lead at the top of League Two to five points with victory over struggling Plymouth.

Antonio German gave them the lead from close-range after the Pilgrims failed to clear Bradley Dack's free-kick.

Chris Whelpdale doubled the league leaders' advantage by tapping in the rebound after German had hit the post.

The visitors gave themselves hope when Jason Banton curled home from the edge of the box but the defeat left Argyle bottom of the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon:

"If we wanted it a bit more we could have got something out of the game.

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We need more belief - Sheridan

"I think they just worked a little bit harder than we did to get the win."

"I thought in the first half there were times where we could have caused them problems, they're big strong team, very workmanlike and get in your face.

"If we could have worked harder by keeping the ball for longer periods, I think we could have caused them more problems."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 03 Martin
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 07 Whelpdale (Richardson - 68' )
  • 10 Robinson
  • 18 Dack (East - 73' )
  • 28 Gregory
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 19 German (Burton - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 05 East
  • 15 Davies
  • 08 Lee
  • 25 Richardson
  • 17 Birchall
  • 20 Burton

Plymouth

  • 01 Cole
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 05 Branston Booked
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 26 Charles
  • 06 Hourihane Booked (Young - 73' )
  • 10 Cox
  • 27 Gurrieri (Cowan-Hall - 63' )
  • 19 Banton
  • 24 Reid
  • 28 Murray (Ugwu - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Chenoweth
  • 23 Richards
  • 08 Young
  • 15 Wotton
  • 07 Cowan-Hall
  • 09 Chadwick
  • 18 Ugwu
Ref: Pawson
Att: 10,260

Match Stats

Shots

17 6

On target

7 3

Corners

8 4

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:53

Deon Burton fouled by Maxime Blanchard, the ref awards a free kick. Deon Burton takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:21

Shot by Jason Banton from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

89:56

The ball is sent over by Anton Robinson, Guy Branston makes a clearance.

88:01

Jason Banton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Deon Burton. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

86:18

Effort from the edge of the area by Jason Banton goes wide of the right-hand post.

84:49

Reuben Reid challenges Leon Legge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

83:55

Unfair challenge on Joe Martin by Jason Banton results in a free kick. Joe Martin restarts play with the free kick.

82:40

Onismor Bhasera fouled by Danny Kedwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

81:39

Danny East takes a shot. Blocked by Maxime Blanchard.

80:05

Centre by Michael Richardson, clearance made by Guy Branston.

79:13

Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

79:13 Booking

Booking The referee books Guy Branston for unsporting behaviour.

79:04

Foul by Guy Branston on Deon Burton, free kick awarded.

77:35

Deon Burton takes the inswinging corner, Jake Cole fouled by Leon Legge, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

77:22

The ball is swung over by Joe Martin, Luke Young gets a block in.

77:04

Luke Young challenges Danny Kedwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gregory takes the direct free kick.

76:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Banton - Gillingham 2 - 1 Plymouth Goal scored by Jason Banton from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 2-1 Plymouth.

75:37

Outswinging corner taken by Luke Young from the right by-line, save made by Stuart Nelson.

74:28

Foul by Adam Barrett on Reuben Reid, free kick awarded. Luke Young shoots direct from the free kick, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

74:02

Leon Legge produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

73:39

Corner taken by Anton Robinson from the left by-line, save by Jake Cole.

72:04 Substitution

Substitution Luke Young is brought on as a substitute for Conor Hourihane.

72:04 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Danny East coming on for Bradley Dack.

71:52

Centre by Paris Cowan-Hall.

69:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Onismor Bhasera by Bradley Dack. Jason Banton takes the free kick.

67:06 Substitution

Substitution Michael Richardson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Whelpdale.

66:27

Steven Gregory takes a shot. Deon Burton gets a block in.

65:34

The ball is swung over by Paris Cowan-Hall, Leon Legge makes a clearance.

62:55 Substitution

Substitution Paris Cowan-Hall comes on in place of Andres Gurrieri.

62:05 Substitution

Substitution Deon Burton is brought on as a substitute for Antonio German.

61:10

Antonio German provided the assist for the goal.

61:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Whelpdale - Gillingham 2 - 0 Plymouth Chris Whelpdale grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Gillingham 2-0 Plymouth.

58:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Fish on Jason Banton. Reuben Reid restarts play with the free kick.

57:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Bradley Dack, Gozie Ugwu manages to make a clearance.

56:44

Joe Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Guy Branston.

56:13

Joe Martin challenges Andres Gurrieri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andres Gurrieri.

55:03 Substitution

Substitution Gozie Ugwu comes on in place of Ronan Murray.

54:44

Corner taken right-footed by Andres Gurrieri, clearance by Leon Legge.

54:34

Effort on goal by Jason Banton from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

52:31

Conor Hourihane fouled by Anton Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

51:28

Shot by Matt Fish from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

49:56

Onismor Bhasera takes a shot. Leon Legge gets a block in.

48:56

Antonio German has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

48:12

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

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Antonio German. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

43:51

Guy Branston gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Dack. The ball is crossed by Bradley Dack, Effort on goal by Chris Whelpdale from just inside the area clears the bar.

42:41

Reuben Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Legge. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

42:06

The ball is delivered by Joe Martin, Bradley Dack takes a shot. Jake Cole makes a save.

41:14

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Bradley Dack played to the near post, clearance by Onismor Bhasera.

41:00

Bradley Dack takes a shot. Blocked by Conor Hourihane.

39:05

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Guy Branston.

37:43

A cross is delivered by Matt Fish, save by Jake Cole.

36:24

The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Martin. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

35:52

Direct free kick taken by Adam Barrett.

35:52 Booking

Booking Conor Hourihane goes into the referee's book.

35:37

Steven Gregory fouled by Conor Hourihane, the ref awards a free kick.

35:09

Maxime Blanchard sends in a cross, clearance made by Leon Legge.

34:55

A cross is delivered by Maxime Blanchard, Matt Fish manages to make a clearance.

34:20

The ball is swung over by Maxime Blanchard, Leon Legge makes a clearance.

33:42

The referee blows for offside against Chris Whelpdale. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

33:15

Matt Fish challenges Jason Banton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

31:49

The offside flag is raised against Reuben Reid. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

30:35

The assist for the goal came from Leon Legge.

30:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Antonio German - Gillingham 1 - 0 Plymouth Goal scored by Antonio German from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 Plymouth.

29:35

Foul by Maxime Blanchard on Bradley Dack, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Bradley Dack,

28:03

Handball decision goes against Antonio German. Direct free kick taken by Onismor Bhasera.

27:20

Steven Gregory gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maxime Blanchard. Direct free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.

25:02

Effort from inside the area by Anton Robinson misses to the left of the target.

24:23

Bradley Dack decides to take a short corner.

23:33

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Bradley Dack, Reuben Reid manages to make a clearance.

23:18

Antonio German takes a shot. Blocked by Guy Branston.

22:52

Jason Banton fouled by Matt Fish, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Onismor Bhasera.

21:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Antonio German. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

20:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Reuben Reid on Adam Barrett. Joe Martin restarts play with the free kick.

17:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Dack by Ronan Murray. Bradley Dack takes the direct free kick.

13:43

Shot from 35 yards by Antonio German went wide of the left-hand post.

11:48

Danny Kedwell has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

11:22

Corner taken by Bradley Dack played to the near post, save by Jake Cole.

11:09

The ball is delivered by Antonio German, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.

10:19

Effort from the edge of the area by Bradley Dack goes wide of the right-hand post.

10:12

Danny Kedwell sends in a cross.

7:43

Foul by Anton Robinson on Andres Gurrieri, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andres Gurrieri.

7:03

Corner taken right-footed by Andres Gurrieri, Danny Kedwell makes a clearance.

6:23

Matt Fish concedes a free kick for a foul on Andres Gurrieri. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

4:53

Corner taken right-footed by Bradley Dack from the left by-line, clearance made by Maxime Blanchard.

3:24

Antonio German produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Bradley Dack goes over the bar.

2:45

Inswinging corner taken by Andres Gurrieri, Steven Gregory manages to make a clearance.

1:38

Jason Banton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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