So Gillingham are currently 8 points clear at the top of League Two. Actually, for all the talk about their home record being great, it's not as good as their away record - they have lost 6 times and drawn 4 times at home, whereas away they have lost just once (hmm, wonder where that was)
Gillingham and Torquay have a long history competing against each other, the first match between the two being in December 1927. Torquay lead 33-30 in wins, with 25 draws - this is 29-26 in league games. Our 2-1 win at home, though, was our first league win over the Gills since 1995. In a rather bleak statistic, we haven't win in the league at Priestfield since 1992, so recent history has to be overturned in a number of ways if we are to get anything from this
Also Gillingham have Deon Burton. He scored the other day
Andrew Madley is the referee. He officiated the Accrington away match last year and sent Rene Howe and Luke Joyce off
I think we have to play Howe (not because he's likely to score I might add) in this match. If he's going to play half heartedly for the rest of the season just because he's scared of getting a three match ban I'd rather have him get his ban and have someone up front who will be giving it his all!
The loss of Labadie is a huge blow, but stick Craig there and let's see what happens.
Well I think this could be a defining match as far as what league we will be playing in next season. A win would restore the believeth in not only the players but the fans, if you can beat a team that high up, well then you can beat anyone. A defeat and worse still a heavy one, could knock the players down so low it will all be over and the BSP here we come.
This is football, anything can and does happen and who knows their players might end up thinking they just need to turn up to win and when teams do that we all know what can happen. Yes on paper it looks like an easy home win, but our lads are fighting to stay up and that will hopefully make all the difference. Every game is winnable, sure it might take a lucky goal, a penalty given that was not one, but we won’t care as long as we come home with all three points.
If we were not where we are in the table, getting a single point would be seen as a wonderful result, but not when you are one point clear of the drop zone. It has to be three points because we can’t rely on York or Aldershot losing for us. By tomorrow night we could be a big step closer to safety, or sitting on the bottom of the table. I think I’m going to have to go out and watch a local match, I simply do not fancy following the game on the radio.
As always if you are going to the game would be great if you could write a match report, all views and thoughts on the game and result are more than welcome if you listened to the game on the radio or followed it by other means.
I can't decide whether to hide behind the sofa or go to the pub and get blind drunk to forget there's a game on! I'm praying that Greavsie will look back at this result remarking what "a funny old game" football is as we come away with a 0-2 win. Anyone want to join me behind the sofa?
I think it is time to play Downes today. I assume he has fully recovered by now and should be raring to go. Let's face it for much of this season Downes has been our most outstanding performer and if ever we need him at his best now is the time. Experience is surely the key now.
As for who will replace Ladbadie? Well that's a tough one and not an obvious choice. Ladbadie could defend well, be physical and score as a midfielder. We have no-one else remotely with that ability. I like Craig's range of passing but can he defend well or score? I am not convinced of that. And he does not have the experience. Maybe Morris would be our best bet but he has not started for months. We shall see what Knill does.
On paper it looks like a 3-0 defeat to me but we are so desperate and we need a huge performance from everyone. Somehow we need to get some kind of result...