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Gillingham 3-1 Coventry City

Managerless Gillingham mounted a late comeback to beat Coventry City and end a run of three straight league defeats.

Gary Madine's first-half penalty put the visitors ahead after Josh Pritchard had clumsily fouled Danny Swanson.

John Marquis tapped in to level on 82 minutes before a penalty from Coventry old boy Cody McDonald after Ryan Haynes had brought down Jermaine McGlashan.

McGlashan then sealed victory when he raced clear of the defence to fire across Coventry keeper Ryan Allsop.

Gillingham's first win in four games following the sacking of Peter Taylor lifted the Kent club out of the relegation zone to put them only one point and one place behind Coventry, who remain 18th.

Gillingham joint-caretaker manager Darren Hare told BBC Radio Kent:

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Gillingham's Darren Hare speaking to BBC Kent after win

"The lads were absolutely fantastic and have been for the last two weeks ever since the manager left. It's been difficult for them as it's been difficult for us.

"They kept battling away, kept probing, kept trying different things, kept running, kept competing and we were lucky enough to get the breaks.

"In the second half, we dominated, they were 1-0 up and looked like they were trying to protect that lead.

"It was just a matter of whether we could get a goal? And when we did, it changed the mentality of the game."

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"I'm extremely disappointed and numb after that, especially after the performance we gave in the first half.

"We were very positive with everything we did. We created a lot of chances and dominated the game.

"We were very comfortable leaders at half-time and for us to go from that type of performance to the second-half performance is not acceptable.

"It is an extremely disappointing result, an extremely disappointing afternoon, and a situation where we really have to pick ourselves up and really need to understand the predicament we are in."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 31Hoyte
  • 4EganBooked at 40mins
  • 5EhmerBooked at 73mins
  • 2GarmstonSubstituted forDickensonat 83'minutes
  • 18PritchardSubstituted forMcGlashanat 70'minutes
  • 7Loft
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 23Dack
  • 9Marquis
  • 10McDonald

Substitutes

  • 6Legge
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Morris
  • 13Galbraith
  • 19Norris
  • 24Dickenson
  • 29Romeo

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 2Willis
  • 21Martin
  • 4Webster
  • 26HaynesBooked at 87mins
  • 12JacksonSubstituted forMillerat 77'minutes
  • 6ThomasSubstituted forBartonat 67'minutes
  • 19Nouble
  • 7Fleck
  • 10SwansonSubstituted forFinchat 81'minutes
  • 8MadineBooked at 50mins

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 15Miller
  • 16Barton
  • 27Finch
  • 28Lawton
  • 35Kelly-Evans
  • 37Thomas
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
5,141

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Coventry City 1.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Coventry City 1. Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Hessenthaler.

Attempt saved. Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Shaun Miller (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Coventry City 1. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Gillingham. Jermaine McGlashan draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Brennan Dickenson replaces Bradley Garmston.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Coventry City 1. John Marquis (Gillingham) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jack Finch replaces Danny Swanson.

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Shaun Miller replaces Simeon Jackson.

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ryan Haynes.

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Doug Loft (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jermaine McGlashan replaces Josh Pritchard.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ryan Haynes.

Foul by Doug Loft (Gillingham).

Adam Barton (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Adam Barton replaces Conor Thomas because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Gavin Hoyte.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

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

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Coventry City).

Aaron Martin (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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3MK Dons24146451242748
4Preston25137539251446
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Bradford2510693229336
7Sheff Utd2410683028236
8Chesterfield259883634235
9Port Vale26105113337-435
10Notts County249782929034
11Fleetwood2697102626034
12Oldham2481063335-234
13Doncaster249782629-334
14Walsall268992628-233
15Peterborough2594123133-231
16Barnsley2485113436-229
17Scunthorpe2385103239-729
18Coventry2678112737-1029
19Gillingham2677123241-928
20Leyton Orient2568113437-326
21Crewe2575132444-2026
22Colchester2566132942-1324
23Crawley2559112442-1824
24Yeovil2565142038-1823
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