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Gillingham   3 - 1   Rotherham

Cody McDonald
Cody McDonald has now hit nine goals in just eight games in 20111
Gillingham 3-1 Rotherham

Gillingham 3-1 Rotherham

In-form Cody McDonald netted two first-half goals as Gillingham beat promotion rivals Rotherham United.

The Gills, who stretched their unbeaten run to four games, went ahead early on when Adebayo Akinfenwa supplied McDonald, who bundled home.

The visitors hit back immediately through Nicky Law's stunning free-kick.

But the hosts regained the lead when McDonald fired home from a tight angle, and Dennis Oli smashed in off the post to seal the win.

Before Oli finished off the game in the dying minutes, the Millers had the chance to draw level but Ian Thomas-Moore fired wide of an open goal.

The defeat means Rotherham slip out of the automatic promotion spots into fourth, while Gillingham climb to sixth.

McDonald now has 17 goals for the season, nine of which have come in eight games since the turn of the year.


Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:
"I'm proud, we changed our shape slightly to a shape we played quite a lot when I was in the Championship and I thought the boys adapted to it very well.

"The boys gave everything, the tempo, the commitment, the desire to go out there and win it was there from the start. It was an exceptional team performance.

"We've got to take points off the teams around us. Wycombe have beaten us twice, Chesterfield have beaten us and we needed to go out and beat Rotherham."

Rotherham United boss Ronnie Moore tells BBC Radio Sheffield:
"I thought the back four were pathetic in their defending. We were weak and couldn't handle it.

"It doesn't matter who you are playing. If you defend like that, you're not going to win games.

"You have to keep clean sheets when it comes to games like this. They are always going to be close, tight things."

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Npower League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Gillingham 3-1 Rotherham FT
(HT 2-1)
  • McDonald 5
  • McDonald 36
  • Oli 89
  • Law 7

Gillingham

  • 01 Julian
  • 03 Nutter
  • 06 Richards
  • 15 Lawrence (King 25)
  • 18 Jackman (Bentley 90+3)
  • 02 Fuller
  • 04 Weston yellow card (Oli 84)
  • 07 Maher
  • 28 Payne
  • 10 McDonald
  • 27 Akinfenwa yellow card

Substitutes

  • 26 Cronin,
  • 05 King,
  • 08 Bentley,
  • 14 Rooney,
  • 30 Miller,
  • 21 Oli,
  • 23 Payne

Rotherham

  • 01 Warrington (Annerson 31)
  • 02 Tonge
  • 03 Newey
  • 06 Fenton
  • 17 Mullins (Ashworth 71)
  • 07 Law
  • 08 Taylor
  • 21 Marshall (Randall 46)
  • 10 Le Fondre yellow card
  • 20 Taylor
  • 22 Moore

Substitutes

  • 30 Annerson,
  • 12 Green,
  • 14 Ashworth,
  • 04 Harrison,
  • 15 Ellison,
  • 18 Bradley,
  • 25 Randall
Ref: SheldrakeAtt: 4,824
GILLINGHAM
ROTHERHAM

Possession

  • Gillingham 52%
  • Rotherham 48%

Attempts on target

  • Gillingham 10
  • Rotherham 3

Attempts off target

  • Gillingham 4
  • Rotherham 6

Corners

  • Gillingham 7
  • Rotherham 3

Fouls

  • Gillingham 12
  • Rotherham 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:33 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:52 Corner taken by John Nutter from the right by-line, Nick Fenton makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:24 Corner taken by John Nutter, clearance by Nick Fenton.
  • 90:00+2:16 Corner from the left by-line taken by Kevin Maher, Tom Newey makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:16 Substitution Mark Bentley on for Danny Jackman.
  • 90:00+1:47 Cody McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Dale Tonge.
  • 90:00+1:11 Cody McDonald is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Dale Tonge.
  • 88:05 GOAL - Dennis OliGillingham 3 - 1 Rotherham A goal is scored by Dennis Oli from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 3-1 Rotherham.
  • 87:39 Dennis Oli takes a shot. Jamie Annerson makes a save.
  • 85:14 Tom Newey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dennis Oli. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Danny Jackman, Nick Fenton makes a clearance.
  • 84:21 Adam Le Fondre produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 83:09 Tom Newey decides to take the corner short.
  • 83:09 Substitution Curtis Weston goes off and Dennis Oli comes on.
  • 77:52 Cody McDonald has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
  • 75:56 Effort from inside the area by Adam Le Fondre misses to the left of the target.
  • 75:37 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Law.
  • 75:20 Effort from 12 yards by Nicky Law. Save by Alan Julian.
  • 72:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Jackman on Jason Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Annerson.
  • 71:48 Unfair challenge on Dale Tonge by Danny Jackman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dale Tonge.
  • 70:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Fuller by Nicky Law. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
  • 70:32 Substitution Johnny Mullins goes off and Luke Ashworth comes on.
  • 69:33 Cody McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law. Jamie Annerson takes the free kick.
  • 68:53 Jack Payne produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 68:24 The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Le Fondre. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
  • 66:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Payne on Nicky Law. Jamie Annerson takes the free kick.
  • 65:26 Cody McDonald produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 64:06 The referee gives a free kick against Ryan Taylor for handball. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
  • 62:35 Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman, Garry Richards takes a shot. Save by Jamie Annerson.
  • 62:20 Cody McDonald produces a lobbed right-footed shot from 6 yards. Save by Jamie Annerson.
  • 61:42 Drilled right-footed shot by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Save by Jamie Annerson.
  • 60:23 Shot from inside the area by Cody McDonald clears the bar.
  • 60:09 Drilled left-footed shot by Curtis Weston. Save by Jamie Annerson.
  • 57:14 The official flags Ryan Taylor offside. Alan Julian takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:23 Mark Randall produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 53:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Tom Newey takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:04 Booking Adebayo Akinfenwa receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 52:36 Booking The referee books Adam Le Fondre for unsporting behaviour.
  • 51:37 Barry Fuller takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Jamie Annerson.
  • 51:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Taylor on Garry Richards. Garry Richards restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:33 Adam Le Fondre concedes a free kick for a foul on John Nutter. Barry Fuller restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:04 Shot from just outside the box by Adam Le Fondre goes over the crossbar.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Mark Randall joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Marshall.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:57 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+2:20 Simon King is ruled offside. Jamie Annerson takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:43 Nick Fenton challenges Curtis Weston unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Fuller takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:51 Shot by Ryan Taylor. Save by Alan Julian.
  • 41:33 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Jackman, Ryan Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:42 Corner taken by Danny Jackman.
  • 39:02 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Marcus Marshall.
  • 38:26 Unfair challenge on Barry Fuller by Marcus Marshall results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Richards.
  • 35:31 Assist on the goal came from Kevin Maher.
  • 35:31 GOAL - Cody McDonaldGillingham 2 - 1 Rotherham Goal scored by Cody McDonald from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 2-1 Rotherham.
  • 28:52 Curtis Weston concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Warrington. Jamie Annerson takes the free kick.
  • 28:52 Substitution Jamie Annerson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Warrington.
  • 28:52 Booking Booking for Curtis Weston for unsporting behaviour.
  • 27:14 Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Fenton. Free kick taken by Andy Warrington.
  • 25:13 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Ryan Taylor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 24:23 Unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Danny Jackman results in a free kick. Tom Newey delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Jack Payne makes a clearance.
  • 24:23 Substitution Simon King is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Lawrence.
  • 14:41 Jason Taylor fouled by Adebayo Akinfenwa, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nick Fenton.
  • 12:41 Garry Richards challenges Jason Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Warrington takes the direct free kick.
  • 8:11 Corner taken by Tom Newey from the right by-line, save by Alan Julian.
  • 6:52 Unfair challenge on Ian Thomas-Moore by Garry Richards results in a free kick.
  • 6:52 GOAL - Nicky LawGillingham 1 - 1 Rotherham Nicky Law gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 1-1 Rotherham.
  • 4:50 Adebayo Akinfenwa provided the assist for the goal.
  • 4:50 GOAL - Cody McDonaldGillingham 1 - 0 Rotherham Cody McDonald grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 Rotherham.
  • 4:14 Ryan Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 1:29 Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Taylor. Andy Warrington restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:04 Foul by Ryan Taylor on Barry Fuller, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.
  • 0:15 Johnny Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Weston. Kevin Maher crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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