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Fleetwood Town 1-0 Gillingham

On-loan striker Tom Hitchcock scored just three minutes into his Fleetwood debut to earn the Cod Army all three points against Gillingham.

The 22-year-old only arrived at Highbury Stadium from MK Dons on Friday afternoon and slotted home after a poor punch from Stephen Bywater.

Nathan Pond went close to doubling the hosts' lead in the second half, before Leon Legge blasted narrowly wide in the search for an equaliser.

Fleetwood remain 10th in League One.

Peter Taylor's side, meanwhile, drop one place to 22nd.

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Peter Taylor: Gillingham boss on Fleetwood defeat

"I thought we played some good football first half and I thought if we'd been a little bit cleverer and had a bit more quality in the final third, we'd have scored a goal.

"We're on a very, very poor run, all we can do is fight like mad and work extremely hard to get a result.

"We need to play like we did in the first half and then we need to finish it off with a goal. It's a very easy thing to say, probably a harder thing to carry out.

"I'm not complaining about the players work rate, I think they're working as hard as they possibly can, but at the moment we're not good enough to get a win."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 28Maxwell
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 6Pond
  • 25Jordan
  • 33Crainey
  • 7Evans
  • 24Southern
  • 11Hughes
  • 12MorrisSubstituted forAndrewat 90'minutes
  • 29Hitchcock
  • 9DobbieSubstituted forSarcevicat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Andrew
  • 5Roberts
  • 13Lucas
  • 17Blair
  • 18Sarcevic
  • 20Hornby-Forbes
  • 27Haughton

Gillingham

  • 30Bywater
  • 6Legge
  • 4Egan
  • 5Hause
  • 31HoyteSubstituted forMcGlashanat 57'minutes
  • 18Pritchard
  • 7LoftSubstituted forDackat 67'minutes
  • 21Doughty
  • 3Martin
  • 9KedwellSubstituted forNorrisat 67'minutes
  • 10McDonald

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Fish
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 11McGlashan
  • 19Norris
  • 23Dack
  • 24Dickenson
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
2,951

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Gillingham 0.

Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

Luke Norris (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Danny Andrew replaces Josh Morris.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Tom Hitchcock (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Stephen Jordan.

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Stephen Crainey (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham).

Foul by Keith Southern (Fleetwood Town).

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Antoni Sarcevic replaces Stephen Dobbie.

Attempt missed. Gareth Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Keith Southern (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Doug Loft.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Luke Norris replaces Danny Kedwell.

Attempt missed. Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Tom Hitchcock (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jermaine McGlashan replaces Gavin Hoyte because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Keith Southern (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Josh Pritchard.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

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

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keith Southern (Fleetwood Town).

Doug Loft (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Fleetwood Town).

Michael Doughty (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City16106033171636
2Preston1594228161231
3MK Dons1483329161327
4Rochdale1582529151426
5Swindon1575331191226
6Notts County157532214826
7Peterborough168262519626
8Sheff Utd158252219326
9Oldham166732318525
10Fleetwood166461816222
11Chesterfield165562324-120
12Barnsley155462324-119
13Port Vale165472224-219
14Bradford165472022-219
15Crawley165471525-1019
16Walsall164661416-218
17Doncaster145361421-718
18Colchester164572224-217
19Coventry164572027-717
20Leyton Orient163761722-516
21Scunthorpe164391930-1115
22Gillingham163581422-814
23Yeovil163581226-1414
24Crewe1642101332-1914
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