Match Preview Xtra: Matt from GITBTV
Doncaster Rovers take on Gillingham tomorrow at Priestfield Stadium, a third meeting of the season between the sides. With Rovers pushing their way towards the top six and the Gills harbouring ambitious Play-Off aspirations of their own, it is sure to be a closely fought encounter.
In addition to our in-depth Match Preview looking ahead to the game, we spoke to Matt from fan outlet Gills In The Blood to get his thoughts on the game and his team's season so far. GITBTV is a well established YouTube channel providing excellent Gillingham FC content for fans of the Kent club, and you can find them on Twitter @GillsInTheBlood.
ITEN: Gillingham haven’t lost a league game since before our FA Cup meeting in early December. What would you say are the main reasons for the upturn in form?
Matt: I believe the main thing is that Steve Evans now knows his best eleven having brought in plenty of new players over the summer.
After chopping and changing during the early parts of the campaign, he’s since been able (on the whole) to consistently pick the same side.
Who are your side’s most important players at the moment?
I’m not convinced it’s down to one or two to be honest. The group we have is one of the most together and hard working groups I’ve seen in recent seasons, so for me it’s more a collective thing.
We don’t have a big squad (currently only 18 senior pros) so everyone knows it’s vital we pull in the same direction, and that’s become even more apparent during this long unbeaten run.
We’ve spoken previously this season about the lack of a consistent goalscorer in your side, but January signings John Akinde and Jordan Roberts seem to have transformed your front line. How do you feel about the shape of your attacking ranks now?
I think they’ve both come in and had a positive impact on the side, which can only be a good thing.
In the four games they’ve featured together we have netted seven goals as a team, and they have scored three and provided three assists between them, helping us to eight points from 12 available.
Although it would take a terrific run between now and May, do you think Gillingham have a realistic shot at pushing into the Play-Off race?
I’m still saying that gate-crashing the top six is a possibility rather than a probability, but I’m not ruling us out completely.
We are in excellent form, taking 22 points during this 12 game unbeaten run, so if we can maintain that then it would put us right in the mix. However there are still lots of teams above us in decent nick themselves.
What do you think will be the key battle on Saturday? And how do you see the game panning out?
I think similarly to us you needed to bring in players in forward areas, having lost John Marquis in the summer.
It will be interesting to see how the lad Fejiri Okenabirhie fares over the rest of the campaign, having started brightly with two in four appearances.
Therefore, based on that I’m going to say an intriguing one to keep an eye on will be how each sides’ new forward options have an influence on the game.
If you are to push me for a prediction, I will back us at home to win by the odd goal.