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Stevenage 3-1 Gillingham

Darius Charles

Darius Charles scored twice as Stevenage beat Gillingham to close the gap to safety to two points.

Elliott Hewitt was sent off for handling Francois Zoko's shot and the Stevenage striker scored from the spot for his 14th goal of the season.

Charles met Luke Freeman's cross to put the hosts 2-0 up, before Cody McDonald converted Connor Smith's through ball to reduce the deficit.

A close-range finish from Charles ensured Stevenage a vital victory.

Lucas Akins came close to making it 4-1 but saw his header come back off the crossbar, while McDonald hit the post at the other end.

Stevenage stay bottom of the table on 25 points, but move a point behind 23rd-placed Sheffield United, with Notts County, Shrewsbury and Bristol City, on 27 points.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post Match: Gills manager Taylor

"I'm very proud of the players for the way they kept going as it was a difficult evening.

"It was a disappointing first goal for us as it wasn't good defending and then you get a man sent off as early as that.

"It was the correct decision by the referee and the wrong decision from Elliott. Elliott should have let it go in as at that early stage if it goes in you have still got 11 men and time to recover."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 11Akins
  • 29Hartley
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forDoughtyat 63'minutes
  • 6JonesBooked at 49mins
  • 8MousinhoSubstituted forDeaconat 74'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 20Smith
  • 12ZokoSubstituted forAndradeat 63'minutes
  • 9CharlesBooked at 87mins
  • 14Heslop

Substitutes

  • 2Wedgbury
  • 10Burrow
  • 24Doughty
  • 25Andrade
  • 26Smith
  • 28N'Guessan
  • 34Deacon

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 3J Martin
  • 29HewittBooked at 22mins
  • 15Dack
  • 5Davies
  • 6Legge
  • 12GregoryBooked at 59mins
  • 19SmithBooked at 79mins
  • 10McDonald
  • 8AkinfenwaSubstituted forHarrimanat 45'minutes
  • 31HessenthalerSubstituted forFaganat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Weston
  • 18Lee
  • 23Harriman
  • 26Barrett
  • 27Fagan
  • 32Pigott
  • 35Baxter
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
2,399

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 3, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Gillingham 1.

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Fagan (Gillingham).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Booking

Darius Charles (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Fagan (Gillingham).

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Fagan (Gillingham).

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

Peter Hartley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Connor Smith (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

Peter Hartley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Fagan (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces John Mousinho.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Craig Fagan replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leon Legge (Gillingham).

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Hand ball by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Doughty replaces Dean Parrett.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Francois Zoko.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford29196451272463
2Wolves29187449202961
3Leyton Orient28186459263360
4Preston281410438271152
5Rotherham29149651381351
6Walsall291210736261046
7Peterborough28143114840845
8Swindon29125124639741
9Port Vale27123123942-339
10Coventry2813875748937
11MK Dons28106124142-136
12Gillingham30105154052-1235
13Bradford2871383834434
14Colchester2681083534134
15Oldham2996143341-833
16Crawley2571082934-531
17Tranmere2987143250-1831
18Carlisle2886143249-1730
19Crewe2986153054-2430
20Bristol City29512124148-727
21Shrewsbury2969142839-1127
22Notts County3083193750-1327
23Sheff Utd2768132638-1226
24Stevenage2774162745-1825
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