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Gillingham 3-1 Notts County

Gillingham celebrate goal
Gillingham finished 12th in their second season back in League One

Notts County crashed into League Two as three late goals from Gillingham condemned them to defeat.

The Magpies knew that a win would preserve their League One status and Graham Burke put them ahead from an acute angle in the 61st minute.

They looked to be safe but John Egan set nerves jangling again when he headed home two minutes from time.

Brennan Dickenson's curling shot put County behind before substitute Luke Norris hit the third to relegate them.

County had started the day outside the bottom four and missed several opportunities to make the game safe before their late collapse.

Gills goalkeeper Aaron Morris made a string of stops to keep them out - first superbly saving Garry Thompson's low effort and then making a double save to keep out Haydn Hollis and Jimmy Spencer just before half-time.

At the other end Bradley Dack's effort for Gillingham was cleared off the line.

The defeat meant Notts County ended the season with a run of just one victory in 13 games, which ultimately condemned them to League Two for the first time in five seasons.

Gillingham finished the season in 12th, after coming 17th in their first season back in League One in 2013-14.

Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's a disaster, with five minutes to go and everything is in your own hands and we have given it away.

"It starts with a foul and the referee didn't give it, but we did it ourselves. We must defend better, we must mark better because we conceded too easily from set pieces.

"Words about next season are unnecessary at the minute. We are dead now and we will deal with the playing staff on Tuesday. Today is not the time to be talking about next season.

"This is a massive disappointment, I don't think the boys deserve this and it's a massive shock."

Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 12Morris
  • 4EganBooked at 88mins
  • 6Legge
  • 5Ehmer
  • 11McGlashan
  • 7Loft
  • 23Dack
  • 15MorrisSubstituted forNorrisat 70'minutes
  • 24Dickenson
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forFreiterat 90+4'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 16Muldoon
  • 18Pritchard
  • 19Norris
  • 28Freiter
  • 31Hoyte

Notts County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carroll
  • 34Williams
  • 5MullinsSubstituted forLitaat 90'minutes
  • 6Hollis
  • 3AdamsBooked at 50mins
  • 11Thompson
  • 13Jones
  • 16Noble
  • 24BurkeBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMcCourtat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9SpencerSubstituted forDumbuyaat 81'minutes
  • 27Bajner

Substitutes

  • 2Dumbuya
  • 7Hayhurst
  • 15Thompson
  • 17Lita
  • 18McCourt
  • 28Edwards
  • 35Pilkington
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
8,443

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 3, Notts County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Notts County 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 3, Notts County 1. Luke Norris (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Ehmer.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Michael Freiter replaces Cody McDonald.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 2, Notts County 1. Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

  6. Booking

    Paddy McCourt (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paddy McCourt (Notts County).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jordan Williams.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Marquis (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Leroy Lita replaces Hayden Mullins.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 1, Notts County 1. John Egan (Gillingham) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Doug Loft with a cross.

  13. Post update

    John Marquis (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Balint Bajner (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

  18. Post update

    Roy Carroll (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Mustapha Dumbuya replaces James Spencer.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Marquis (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City462912596385899
2MK Dons4627109101445791
3Preston462514779403989
4Swindon4623101376571979
5Sheff Utd4619141366531371
6Chesterfield4619121568551369
7Bradford461714155555065
8Rochdale46196217266663
9Peterborough46189195356-363
10Fleetwood461712174952-363
11Barnsley461711186261162
12Gillingham461614166566-162
13Doncaster461613175862-461
14Walsall461417155054-459
15Oldham461415175467-1357
16Scunthorpe461414186275-1356
17Coventry461316174960-1155
18Port Vale46159225565-1054
19Colchester461410225877-1952
20Crewe461410224375-3252
21Notts County461214204563-1850
22Crawley461311225379-2650
23Leyton Orient461213215969-1049
24Yeovil461010263675-3940
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