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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 March, 2005, 22:31 GMT
Gillingham 2-1 Stoke
Paul Smith scored a valuable winner for relegation-threatened Gillingham.

Smith scored a right-footed volley to take the Gills level on points with fourth-bottom Coventry.

James McEveley had put Gillingham ahead in the first minute of the game, scoring a superb free-kick after a foul on Darius Henderson by Michael Duberry.

Clive Clarke hit the post for Stoke before Kenwyne Jones headed the visitors level from David Brammer's cross before Smith struck.

  • Gillingham assistant boss Ronnie Jepson:
    "It was an excellent win. Stoke are gunning for the play-offs and are a difficult team to play against but the lads were magnificent.

    "It was a performance full of commitment. We got the rub of the green but we had to work hard for it.

    "It was a great strike by Paul Smith for the winner, although I'm not sure if he did it with his eyes shut."

  • Stoke manager Tony Pulis:
    "I think we need 74 points, that's 20 points more - it's a tall order but who knows?

    "But this result was disappointing. It was a dreadful start to give a sloppy goal away after 40 seconds, which gave them confidence.

    "We only really got going in the second half of the match."

    Gillingham: Banks (Bossu 79), Nosworthy, Hope, Cox, McEveley, Southall, Smith, Douglas, Flynn, Sidibe, Henderson (Byfield 66).
    Subs Not Used: Crofts, Hills, Jarvis.

    Booked: Flynn, Smith.

    Goals: McEveley 2, Smith 70.

    Stoke: Simonsen, Thomas, Duberry, Taggart (Buxton 87), Hill, Harper, Brammer, Russell, Clarke (Greenacre 84), Noel-Williams (Ricketts 80), Jones.
    Subs Not Used: de Goey, Henry.

    Booked: Brammer, Taggart, Duberry.

    Goals: Jones 54.

    Att: 7,766.

    Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).

    Interview: Stoke boss Tony Pulis (Real only)

    Interview: Stoke defender Clint Hill (Real only)

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