Match ends, Gillingham 3, Coventry City 1.
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:
"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."
- 4EganBooked at 40mins
- 5EhmerBooked at 73mins
- 2GarmstonSubstituted forDickensonat 83'minutes
- 18PritchardSubstituted forMcGlashanat 70'minutes
- 26HaynesBooked at 87mins
- 12JacksonSubstituted forMillerat 77'minutes
- 6ThomasSubstituted forBartonat 67'minutes
- 10SwansonSubstituted forFinchat 81'minutes
- 8MadineBooked at 50mins
- James Linington
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Coventry City 1.
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! Gillingham 2, Coventry City 1. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
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, Gillingham. Brennan Dickenson replaces Bradley Garmston.
Goal! Gillingham 1, Coventry City 1. John Marquis (Gillingham) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.
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, Coventry City. Shaun Miller replaces Simeon Jackson.