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Gillingham 2-1 Coventry City

Billy Knott's second-half strike gave Gillingham a narrow 2-1 win over bottom-of-the-table Coventry in a lively encounter at Priestfield.

An open first-half saw Kyel Reid torment the Gillingham defence with his direct running and he scored on 21 minutes after good work from Gael Bigirimana - volleying low past Stuart Nelson.

The Gills replied five minutes later when Max Ehmer glanced his close-range header home from Ryan Jackson's long throw.

Both teams continued to play positively, with Marvin Sordell forcing an acrobatic save from Nelson just before the break.

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After the restart Cody McDonald's low effort went narrowly wide from eight yards, while Coventry's Vladimir Gadzhev stung the keeper's hands with a drive.

But it was the hosts who scored the crucial goal with just under 20 minutes to go as Knott calmly rolled the ball into the net following McDonald's precise pass.

And Nelson preserved the points in injury-time as he palmed Sordell's low effort round the post as Coventry's search for a first league win of the campaign goes on.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 2JacksonSubstituted forOsadebeat 55'minutes
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 12Konchesky
  • 44WrightSubstituted forByrneat 45'minutes
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 11Knott
  • 23Dack
  • 10McDonald
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Hadler
  • 16Osadebe
  • 18Pask
  • 20Oldaker
  • 21List
  • 33Byrne
  • 50Emmanuel-Thomas

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 2Willis
  • 4Turnbull
  • 18Ricketts
  • 30Kelly-EvansBooked at 29minsSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 5BigirimanaBooked at 58mins
  • 13GadzhevSubstituted forAgyeiat 74'minutes
  • 15Page
  • 11Reid
  • 17Sordell
  • 21WrightSubstituted forStevensonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lameiras
  • 9Agyei
  • 10Jones
  • 20Tudgay
  • 29Harries
  • 31Stevenson
  • 34Addai
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
7,664

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Coventry City 1.

Attempt missed. Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Kyel Reid (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Kyel Reid (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Daniel Agyei replaces Vladimir Gadzhev.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Coventry City 1. Billy Knott (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cody McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ben Stevenson replaces Andre Wright.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Vladimir Gadzhev (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Rory Donnelly.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Attempt blocked. Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Vladimir Gadzhev (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces Ryan Jackson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Gillingham 1, Coventry City 1.

goal

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4Bradford9360106415
5Northampton9351138514
6Port Vale94231211114
7Sheff Utd94231213-114
8Gillingham94231416-214
9Bristol Rovers93421313013
10Peterborough93331612412
11Fleetwood93331413112
12MK Dons93331211112
13Oxford Utd933399012
14Millwall93331617-112
15Chesterfield93241312111
16Charlton92521110111
17Swindon93241012-211
18Walsall92431012-210
19Rochdale92341113-29
20Wimbledon92341114-39
21Shrewsbury9225914-58
22Oldham915349-58
23Southend9225918-98
24Coventry9054410-65
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