Saturday 29th October – Gills 2-1 Blackpool
With the Gills second bottom and Blackpool hovering just above the drop zone this had a definite `must win` air about it. The pre-match talk was of the news that Steve Hislop, Alan Pouton, Danny Spiller and Richard Rose had all been placed on the transfer list. Thus far there had been no news of clubs swamping the Gills switchboard and placing multi million bids which would wipe out the clubs debts at a stroke (or at least pay the paper bill)
It was the visitors who made the early running and took the lead when Keegan Parker shot home sweetly from the edge of the box. Ten minutes later Michael Flynn`s effort crashed back of the crossbar, and the mood at half time was grim indeed.
Four minutes after the break Chris Hope thumped home a header to calm our nerves, and the Gills began to exert more influence on the game, notably in midfield through Paul Smith, who had somewhat surprisingly returned to the club on loan from Walsall the previous day.
`On 65 minutes the Gill edged in front, Andrew Crofts nodding across the box, where Neil Harris arrived to touch home from close range. The Gills were holding on, but with 13 minutes to go our cause was helped somewhat when Blackpool’s goalscorer Parker got a straight red card after an off the ball incident which ended with…. go on guess…. Tom Williams laid out flat on the floor.
The final whistle bought relief all round, and the Gils had edged their way back out of the dreaded bottom four. Those are definite green shoots of recovery I can see there…
Champagne Moment: The result lifting us out of the bottom four and dumped Blackpool into it in our place