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10 April 2018 Venue Priestfield Stadium Attendance

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Report: Gillingham 0 Rovers 0

Both sides fail to score at Priestfield Stadium as Rovers slip off the League One summit

10 April 2018

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Gillingham and Rovers played out a 0-0 stalemate in Kent with both sides probably not doing enough to score, let alone win the game on a chilly evening.

A rare off night for Rovers saw the visitors and David Raya keep a 16th clean sheet of the season, but that's little consolation as Rovers slipped off the top of the League One table.

Boss Tony Mowbray made one change to his starting XI from the one which began against Southend United for the trip to Kent

The only alteration saw Darragh Lenihan return to the side after missing the games against MK Dons and Southend, with the Irishman taking the place of Paul Downing, who dropped to bench.

Bradley Dack was fit to start against the side where he spent seven years after shaking off a minor hamstring injury suffered at the weekend.

The hosts were without big striker Tom Eaves, who missed out on the squad altogether. Aside from his absence, it was two changes for the hosts from their weekend draw against Doncaster, with Navid Nasseri heading out of the starting team along with Rhys Murphy; Josh Parker and Bury loanee Callum Reilly came in for Steve Lovell's side.

Rovers were bossing the early stages of the game but it was the hosts who had the first opportunity of the match when Conor Wilkinson fired a couple of inches past David Raya’s left-hand post just nine minutes into the encounter.

A minute later and Corry Evans found room on the edge of the box and tested Tomas Holy with a low strike that was about to nestle nicely into the corner before the Gillingham stopper got a glove on the attempt to turn it round the post.

The returning Dack nearly caught out Holy with a cheeky header before Raya was called into action just a moment later to brilliantly claw a Josh Parker header away from danger.

Chances were few and far between, with both sides struggling to get any rhythm in their play, but just before the break a Charlie Mulgrew corner was glanced on by Lenihan but the ball flashed across goal and away from danger.

Into the second half, things continued in the same vein and Wilkinson fired just over from range before a double change 10 minutes into the final 45 saw Dack and Craig Conway replaced by Jack Payne and Peter Whittingham, who was appearing for the first time in 2018.

Mowbray played all his cards just after the hour, with Dominic Samuel entering the action in place of Danny Graham.

Rovers were still finding Gillingham a tough nut to crack and the hosts always found a route to breaking the deadlock, but after Lenihan misjudged a high ball, Parker’s touch was poor and Raya was out to smother.

With five minutes to go Mulgrew forced Holy to beat away a 25-yard free kick before Samuel scuffed an effort wide when the home side failed to correctly clear the danger.

But it stayed as it started with both sides probably not quite doing enough to win the game and the stalemate ended 0-0 at Priestfield Stadium.

Gillingham: Holy, Garmston, Ehmer, Zakuani (c), Wagstaff, Hessenthaler, Wilkinson (List, 80), Parker (Nash, 90), Nugent, Reilly, Byrne.

Unused substitutes: Hadler, Lacey, Oglivie, Stevenson, Nasseri.

Rovers: Raya, Bennett, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Evans, Conway (Whittingham, 55), Dack (Payne, 55), Armstrong, Graham (Samuel, 61).

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Bell, Antonsson, Downing.

Booked: Lenihan, 90.

Attendance: 6,361 (840 away)

Referee: Tony Harrington.

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