League One
Gillingham1Crawley0

Gillingham 1-0 Crawley Town

Charlie Lee struck a vital late winner as Gillingham eased their relegation fears with victory against Crawley.

The visitors, who were unbeaten in seven league games, had the best of the early chances, but Billy Clarke missed the target twice when well placed.

Joe Walsh also hit a post for Crawley, while Cody McDonald saw his effort for the hosts well saved by Paul Jones.

But Lee, who was sent off in the reverse fixture in September, slotted home the winner from close range.

Gills ended their run of three successive defeats and climbed to 14th, six points clear of the relegation zone, while Crawley dropped to 16th, just four points away from the drop zone.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post-match: Gillingham boss Taylor

"The situation we're in, there's going to be games like this and the one thing any manager can ask from their players is to not drop their heads and keep going.

"We played better in the last three matches and lost every one of them, so that's the game of football.

"Any Gillingham supporter, or anyone connected with the club, is going home happy. I'm going home happier than John Gregory tonight, and John's team played better than us.

"The fans were fantastic, they were helpful in every way - even to the point of maybe having a pop at a player or at me. That's not a problem, in some ways it gets players going. If you've got any character about you, you're not going to let it affect you."

Crawley manager John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

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Post-match: Crawley manager John Gregory

"I cannot be too angry with my team because we've come here - and it's normally been a difficult place to come and get anything - but we've totally dominated the game and our chances were far more clear-cut then Gillingham had.

"We missed gilt-edged chances that should have gone in the back of their net and we should be talking about a three or four-nil away victory.

"Had it not been that way maybe I wouldn't be quite so down, but when you get opportunities like that you have to take them.

"Gillingham were there for the taking today and I'm somewhat disappointed that we haven't won."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 29Hewitt
  • 3J Martin
  • 31Hessenthaler
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 27FaganSubstituted forLeeat 81'minutes
  • 12Gregory
  • 32PigottSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 72'minutes
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forBirchallat 90+1'minutes
  • 11Weston

Substitutes

  • 5Davies
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 15Dack
  • 17Birchall
  • 18Lee
  • 28Borrowdale
  • 35Baxter

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 29Connolly
  • 3Sadler
  • 10Drury
  • 5McFadzean
  • 12Walsh
  • 21JonesSubstituted forKaikaiat 89'minutes
  • 15Bulman
  • 18Tubbs
  • 14ProctorSubstituted forFallonat 73'minutes
  • 7B Clarke

Substitutes

  • 4Connolly
  • 8Torres
  • 9Fallon
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
5,961

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 1, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Crawley Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adam Birchall replaces Cody McDonald.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Sullay Kaikai replaces Michael Jones.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Crawley Town 0. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Legge.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Steven Gregory.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Craig Fagan.

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

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Billy Clarke.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Rory Fallon replaces Jamie Proctor.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Joe Pigott.

Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Myles Weston.

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Jones.

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

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Connolly.

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

Attempt saved. Craig Fagan (Gillingham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Jones.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Attempt blocked. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3322744073
2Leyton Orient3521863571
3Brentford3321752570
4Preston35181341667
5Rotherham34171162162
6Peterborough3417413955
7MK Dons3514714349
8Swindon3513814547
9Walsall35121112147
10Port Vale3414416-746
11Sheff Utd3312813-244
12Coventry3414911341
13Bradford3491411241
14Gillingham3512518-1341
15Colchester3391212-339
16Crawley309129-439
17Bristol City3581413-638
18Oldham3510817-1138
19Carlisle3410717-1837
20Tranmere349916-1936
21Stevenage3410519-1835
22Crewe359818-2735
23Shrewsbury3471116-1332
24Notts County359422-1931
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