League One
Gillingham2Tranmere0

Gillingham 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

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:

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Post-match: Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

"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."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 18LeeSubstituted forDackat 66'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 3J MartinBooked at 35mins
  • 31HessenthalerBooked at 52mins
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 29Hewitt
  • 12Gregory
  • 10McDonald
  • 8AkinfenwaSubstituted forKedwellat 70'minutes
  • 11Weston

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 9Kedwell
  • 15Dack
  • 23Harriman
  • 27Fagan
  • 35Baxter

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 29Pennington
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 17Power
  • 4Taylor
  • 5GoodisonSubstituted forHolmesat 28'minutes
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 22KoumasSubstituted forStocktonat 85'minutes
  • 14Cassidy
  • 9LoweSubstituted forArthurworreyat 90'minutes
  • 20Brown

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 12Rowe
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stockton
  • 28Boland
  • 32Arthurworrey
  • 33Mooney
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
7,343

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

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.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.
Attempt blocked. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Stephen Arthurworrey replaces Ryan Lowe.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.
Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jason Koumas.
Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).
Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).
Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.
Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

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

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.
Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.
Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).
Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Danny Kedwell replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Charlie Lee.
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.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.
Attempt blocked. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Foul by Myles Weston (Gillingham).
Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.
Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.
Attempt blocked. Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).
Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).
Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).
Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Gillingham 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Gillingham 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Danny Holmes.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.
Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Joe Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).
Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4329955396
2Brentford4327973090
3Leyton Orient43231193880
4Rotherham43221382679
5Preston43211662279
6Peterborough4321418967
7Swindon4318916663
8Port Vale4318619-1260
9Sheff Utd42161115059
10MK Dons4317719058
11Walsall43141514257
12Crawley42141315-455
13Bradford43121714253
14Bristol City43121714153
15Gillingham4315622-1751
16Oldham42131118-1050
17Coventry43161116-249
18Colchester43111319-1246
19Tranmere43121021-2446
20Crewe43121021-2746
21Carlisle42111120-2644
22Notts County4313426-1643
23Shrewsbury4391420-1641
24Stevenage4310924-2339
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