League One
GillinghamGillingham2TranmereTranmere Rovers0

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:

"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
  • 3MartinBooked 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Stephen Arthurworrey replaces Ryan Lowe.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jason Koumas.

  10. Post update

    Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

  13. Post update

    Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

  15. Post update

    Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).

  17. Booking

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

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves43299582295396
2Brentford43279767373090
3Leyton Orient432311979413880
4Rotherham432213881552679
5Preston432116663412279
6Peterborough43214186455967
7Swindon43189166155663
8Port Vale43186195870-1260
9Sheff Utd421611154343059
10MK Dons43177195858058
11Walsall431415144644257
12Crawley421413154650-455
13Bradford431217145351253
14Bristol City431217146665153
15Gillingham43156225774-1751
16Oldham421311184757-1050
17Coventry431611167274-249
18Colchester431113194860-1246
19Tranmere431210215175-2446
20Crewe431210215279-2746
21Carlisle421111204268-2644
22Notts County43134266076-1643
23Shrewsbury43914203955-1641
24Stevenage43109244265-2339
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