League One
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Gillingham 2-1 Scunthorpe United

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh's Gillingham are two points clear of Walsall in League One

Ten-man Gillingham remained top of League One after coming from 1-0 behind to beat in-form Scunthorpe United.

Harry Lennon converted Bradley Dack's free-kick in stoppage time to secure victory for Gillingham, who had Josh Wright sent off with nine minutes left.

Scott Laird met Scott Wiseman's cross with a powerful left-footed shot to put the visitors ahead after half-time.

Substitute Brennan Dickenson headed in Dack's corner to equalise for the Gills before their dramatic winner.

Scunthorpe, who had won their previous three games, edged a goalless first half with Gary McSheffrey twice going close and Murray Wallace heading over.

But they could not make the most of their numerical advantage in the closing stages following Wright's lunge on Paddy Madden, as Gillingham took the lead and then keeper Stuart Nelson kept out another Wallace header in the final seconds.

Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I think we ran over two or three black cats on the way here, we went under a ladder - honestly it's incredible. How have we not got anything from that game? It just beggars belief.

"I know we've got to defend two set-plays and ultimately we've got to defend them but they get a free-kick out of nothing. They put a ball into the box and it's a great delivery and we haven't dealt with that.

"All of a sudden you're 2-1 down and we get a chance right at the death and the keeper's thrown his arm up and I don't know how he's saved it.

"At times it can be a cruel game, but let's be positive and know that these are top of the league and we've come to their backyard and outplayed them."

Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Nelson
  • 15Morris
  • 4Egan
  • 26Lennon
  • 3Garmston
  • 44WrightBooked at 81mins
  • 16OsadabeSubstituted forHoughtonat 71'minutes
  • 8HessenthalerSubstituted forMcGlashanat 45'minutes
  • 23DackBooked at 62mins
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDickensonat 45'minutes
  • 17DonnellyBooked at 37mins

Substitutes

  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Houghton
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Morris
  • 24Dickenson
  • 34Oldaker
  • 36Mbo

Scunthorpe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Daniels
  • 2Wiseman
  • 5MirfinBooked at 90mins
  • 23M Wallace
  • 3Laird
  • 12Bishop
  • 19Rowe
  • 18King
  • 9MaddenSubstituted forLolleyat 90'minutes
  • 22HopperSubstituted forvan Veenat 84'minutes
  • 28McSheffreySubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McAllister
  • 7Williams
  • 10van Veen
  • 13Anyon
  • 17Lolley
  • 20Goode
  • 33Clarke
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
4,823

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 2, Scunthorpe United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Scunthorpe United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Bradley Garmston.

  5. Booking

    David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 2, Scunthorpe United 1. Harry Lennon (Gillingham) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United).

  10. Post update

    Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Joe Lolley (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Houghton (Gillingham).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Joe Lolley replaces Paddy Madden.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tommy Rowe (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack King (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luke Williams (Scunthorpe United).

  18. Post update

    Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kevin van Veen replaces Tom Hopper.

  20. Dismissal

    Josh Wright (Gillingham) is shown the red card.