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Gillingham 3-0 Crewe Alexandra

Dominic Samuel
Gillingham's Dominic Samuel scored his seventh league goal of the season

Gillingham won for the first time in five games to restart their automatic promotion push, as they beat League One strugglers Crewe Alexandra.

Dominic Samuel fired home from close range to open the scoring before Crewe's best chance came when Zoumana Bakayogo's 25-yard volley hit the post.

Gillingham's second came when Samuel's 61st-minute volley hit the bar and rebounded in off defender Jon Guthrie.

Josh Wright added an injury-time third, slotting his shot in off the post.

Gillingham stay third, three points off from an automatic promotion spot.

Crewe remain second from bottom, seven points shy of safety, with 10 games left, starting with next Saturday's key home game against 21st-placed Blackpool.

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We didn't offer much as an attacking threat in the first half. Only Zoumana Bakayogo offered something in the final third. He was our outstanding player,

"He was a threat with his pace and willingness to get forward and put crosses in for us and his volley was an excellent effort.

"We went for it and had a go in the second half. We gambled and that is always going to leave spaces for the opposition. We had a great chance to level it up when Marcus Haber has put Tom Hitchcock in but he snatched at it. It was a type of finish from someone who is a bit out of form and it was a key moment because, not long after, they get their second goal.

"It was a mistake between our left back and centre-back, Samuel has got free in the box and hit the underside of the bar and it has hit Jon and gone in. That about sums it up for us."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 15Morris
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6El-AbdBooked at 38minsSubstituted forGarmstonat 46'minutes
  • 24Dickenson
  • 11McGlashan
  • 44Wright
  • 7LoftSubstituted forHessenthalerat 63'minutes
  • 9Williams
  • 19NorrisSubstituted forDonnellyat 81'minutes
  • 14Samuel

Substitutes

  • 3Garmston
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 12Morris
  • 16Osadebe
  • 17Donnelly
  • 34Oldaker

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 4DavisSubstituted forKirkat 46'minutes
  • 6NugentBooked at 67mins
  • 3Guthrie
  • 11Cooper
  • 15FoxSubstituted forBinghamat 64'minutes
  • 20Jones
  • 41Bakayogo
  • 36HitchcockSubstituted forAinleyat 64'minutes
  • 9Haber

Substitutes

  • 5Ray
  • 8Atkinson
  • 13Richards
  • 18Bingham
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
5,656

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Crewe Alexandra 0. Josh Wright (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jermaine McGlashan.

Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Billy Bingham.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Rory Donnelly replaces Luke Norris.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Billy Bingham (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt missed. Billy Bingham (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by George Williams (Gillingham).

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Gillingham).

(Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Booking

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Tom Hitchcock.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Bingham replaces David Fox.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Doug Loft.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jon Guthrie, Crewe Alexandra. Gillingham 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Attempt saved. Aaron Morris (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Hand ball by Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Luke Norris (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Hand ball by Luke Norris (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton36225946311571
2Wigan361714559342565
3Gillingham361881063432062
4Walsall351711754371762
5Millwall361781157431459
6Bradford361610104337658
7Coventry3615101158401855
8Barnsley36174155748955
9Port Vale371510124441355
10Southend36159124844454
11Sheff Utd361410125247552
12Rochdale36149134846251
13Scunthorpe36149134242051
14Swindon35147145553249
15Bury36139144558-1348
16Peterborough36136176059145
17Shrewsbury36128164454-1044
18Chesterfield36125194758-1141
19Fleetwood351010154345-240
20Doncaster36910173749-1237
21Blackpool3698193347-1435
22Oldham34616123347-1434
23Crewe36612183763-2630
24Colchester36610204584-3928
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