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Gillingham 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Tom Eaves scored a 91st-minute penalty to earn in-form Gillingham a comeback win over Fleetwood.

Irish striker Paddy Madden put the visitors in front on 13 minutes, tapping in Conor McAleny's cross at the back post after his initial effort was well saved by Gills goalkeeper Tomas Holy from point-blank range.

Kyle Dempsey had earlier seen his 12-yard drive blocked by defender Luke O'Neill, before Holy parried Ashley Hunter's stinging drive almost immediately after the opener.

Gillingham, who had won their last three matches, went close through captain Lee Martin when he chipped straight at Chris Neal from an acute angle and headed wide from a Mark Byrne throw.

Neal also saved a powerful 25-yard effort from Callum Reilly, while defender Max Ehmer should have pulled the hosts level after 49 minutes, but he saw his goal-bound header deflect wide.

Gills deserved their equaliser when Eaves powered a header home from O'Neill's corner, despite the efforts of Madden on the Fleetwood goal-line.

Neal made two spectacular saves from close range to deny Eaves, and Lewie Coyle headed O'Neill's cross off the line as the hosts dominated.

Holy ensured the game remained level with a brilliant fingertip save to keep out substitute Wes Burns' looping header one minute from time.

However, Steve Lovell's side snatched maximum points when Eaves converted a spot-kick in the first minute of stoppage-time and extend their unbeaten run to seven games with victory after Burns brought down Reilly.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6ZakuaniSubstituted forOgilvieat 61'minutes
  • 3GarmstonSubstituted forLaceyat 85'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 8HessenthalerBooked at 40mins
  • 26Reilly
  • 11MartinBooked at 67mins
  • 14ParkerSubstituted forListat 83'minutes
  • 9Eaves

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 4Lacey
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 21List
  • 27Nash
  • 44Moussa

Fleetwood

  • 1NealBooked at 85mins
  • 2Coyle
  • 5Eastham
  • 12BolgerBooked at 87mins
  • 3O'Connor
  • 8Dempsey
  • 16DiagouragaBooked at 48mins
  • 18GlendonSubstituted forGrantat 69'minutes
  • 22HunterSubstituted forBurnsat 77'minutes
  • 17MaddenBooked at 90mins
  • 10McAlenySubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 9Burns
  • 11Grant
  • 15Rodgers
  • 19Jones
  • 21Cairns
  • 23Schwabl
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
6,332

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Luke O'Neill.

Alex Lacey (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 1. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Gillingham. Callum Reilly draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Tom Eaves (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Tomas Holy.

Attempt saved. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Alex Lacey replaces Bradley Garmston.

Booking

Chris Neal (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Lee Martin (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Josh Parker.

Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Gillingham) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Attempt blocked. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin O'Connor (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Conor McAleny.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Wes Burns replaces Ashley Hunter.

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt saved. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Chris Neal.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Chris Neal.

Attempt saved. Lee Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ashley Hunter.

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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3Blackburn28168451262556
4Scunthorpe30149742301251
5Bradford30153124445-148
6Rotherham291451048361247
7Charlton2813783733446
8Peterborough2812794637943
9Portsmouth29133133433142
10Gillingham29101093432240
11Bristol Rovers29123144245-339
12Oxford Utd29108114443138
13Plymouth30108123339-638
14Doncaster30910113435-137
15Fleetwood29106134045-536
16Wimbledon2897122831-334
17Southend2997133549-1434
18Walsall2789103438-433
19Blackpool2989123440-633
20Northampton3096152850-2233
21MK Dons2879122940-1130
22Oldham3078154155-1429
23Rochdale26410122637-1122
24Bury2855182143-2220
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