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Opposition Report: Gillingham

A Look At Steve Evans’ Side

10 February 2020

Mid-table Gillingham are the visitors on Tuesday evening, and will prove a tough test for the Seasiders.

Under the guidance of the experienced Steve Evans, Gillingham have become a team that is difficult to beat, having only lost seven league matches so far this season – the same as the likes of Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers.

The Gills haven’t suffered a league defeat since the end of November and are currently on an 11 match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One.

Tuesday’s visitors have only won four of the 11 matches, however, drawing a total of 13 matches to date.

Last Three Results:

  • 8/2/20 – Burton Albion 0-0 Gillingham
  • 29/1/20 – Gillingham 2-0 Shrewsbury Town
  • 25/1/20 – Rochdale 2-2 Gillingham

The Manager: Steve Evans

57-year-old Steve Evans is a manager with over 25 years experience on the touchline. The former striker, who played all of his career in his native Scotland, has managed eight sides in England, ranging from Stamford in non-league to Leeds United as recently as 2016.

His most successful spell as a manager arguably came at Rotherham United, where he spent three years. During his time at the New York Stadium, Evans guided Rotherham to successive promotions from League Two to the Championship in 2013 and 2014.

Since leaving Rotherham in 2015, Evans has managed Leeds, Mansfield, Peterborough and Gillingham, who he joined in June 2019.

Star Man: Olly Lee

Olly Lee joined Gillingham on a loan deal from Scottish side Hearts in August 2019, and has impressed in the middle of the park since his arrival.

The 28-year-old has scored six goals and assisted five since joining, including scoring a brace on his Gillingham debut in a 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers back in August.

A graduate from West Ham United’s Academy, Lee has played for the likes of Barnet, Birmingham City and Luton Town before his move up to Scotland in 2018, where he made over 30 appearances for Hearts in his first season in Edinburgh.

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