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Gillingham 3-1 Bury

Gillingham's players celebrate John Egan's winner against Bury
Gillingham are unbeaten at home after their first nine league matches this season

Dominic Samuel scored on his debut as Gillingham fought back to beat Bury and go top of the League One table.

Leon Clarke's header put the visitors ahead from a Danny Mayor cross, but on-loan Reading forward Samuel scored on the follow-up to level after John Ruddy saved Jake Hessenthaler's strike.

The Gills led 2-1 inside 10 minutes, Bradley Garmston's free-kick finding John Egan who fired the ball home.

And Emmanuel Osadabe's individual goal sealed the win with three minutes left.

Osadabe battled his way past several challenges and scored with a fine strike to ensure the Gills lead the table on goal difference from Coventry, who beat Colchester United.

But that scenario - and Gillingham's unbeaten home league record - was under threat when Clarke grabbed his 11th goal of the season after four minutes.

However, Samuel's cool finish and Egan's close-range effort completed a frenetic opening period and put the hosts in control.

Danny Rose had a header cleared off the line for the Shakers after the break but Gillingham, who have now won seven and drawn two of their nine home fixtures this season, capped their victory late on.

Gillingham and Bury's players pay
A minute's silence was observed prior to the match following the attacks in Paris on Friday
Gillingham's John Egan scores his side's winner against Bury
Gillingham defender and captain John Egan's strike was his fourth goal of the season

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Flitcroft on Gillingham v Bury

"We made a fantastic start. It's a difficult place to come and to score so early and get a grip on the game.

"It's important that you focus and heighten your senses at that point. You've just put a wound into an animal there and it awakened them. They then put two balls into our box.

"We've got a young keeper in today who did fantastically well. We didn't protect him enough, I wanted my players to stand up at 1-0 and we didn't, so it then becomes difficult.

"It's 2-1 and then you're chasing the game."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Jackson
  • 4EganSubstituted forOshilajaat 90+8'minutes
  • 26LennonBooked at 50mins
  • 3Garmston
  • 44WrightSubstituted forMorrisat 85'minutes
  • 16Osadabe
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 23DackBooked at 63mins
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forMcDonaldat 85'minutes
  • 17Donnelly

Substitutes

  • 7Loft
  • 10McDonald
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Morris
  • 15Morris
  • 24Dickenson
  • 50Oshilaja

Bury

  • 34Ruddy
  • 2RileyBooked at 44mins
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 43mins
  • 27Cameron
  • 3Hussey
  • 22PughSubstituted forRoseat 60'minutes
  • 8MellisSubstituted forBrownat 79'minutes
  • 19Soares
  • 10Mayor
  • 9Clarke
  • 11Pope

Substitutes

  • 12Sedgwick
  • 20Burgess
  • 32Rose
  • 40Brown
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
6,063

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBury
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Bury 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Bury 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adedeji Oshilaja replaces John Egan because of an injury.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadabe.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Bury 1. Emmanuel Osadabe (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Aaron Morris replaces Josh Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Cody McDonald replaces Dominic Samuel.

Danny Mayor (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Foul by Reece Brown (Bury).

Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Hussey (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Reece Brown replaces Jacob Mellis.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

Attempt saved. Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Bury) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Hand ball by Dominic Samuel (Gillingham).

Booking

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Soares (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Bury) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Bradley Garmston.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Danny Rose replaces Danny Pugh.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Osadabe (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Tom Soares (Bury).

Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

Booking

Harry Lennon (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Pope (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Lennon (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Leon Clarke (Bury).

Attempt saved. Josh Wright (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Gillingham 2, Bury 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham17104334191534
2Coventry17104332181434
3Walsall1695228141432
4Burton1610241613332
5Wigan1786328181030
6Bury177642927227
7Bradford177641918127
8Sheff Utd177462824425
9Millwall167452423125
10Peterborough177373428624
11Southend176651920-124
12Scunthorpe177282220223
13Port Vale176562019123
14Chesterfield177282325-223
15Rochdale175662020021
16Doncaster175571522-720
17Colchester175572637-1120
18Oldham1731041924-519
19Shrewsbury165291923-417
20Swindon174492228-616
21Blackpool174491525-1016
22Fleetwood1743102026-615
23Barnsley1742112029-914
24Crewe1734101426-1213
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