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Matt Fish is back in the Gillingham starting eleven after a dip in form led to him being dropped to the bench

By Luke Cawdell

Defender Matt Fish believes his recent omission from the Gillingham starting line-up was a welcome tonic.

Fish had started all-but-one of Gillingham’s games before being left on the bench during the first meeting with York, four games ago.

Matt Fish fails to keep the ball after this challengeSince missing out, he has been re-instated back into the starting XI, including on Saturday at Bradford, where he helped the Gills to a 1-0 win.

Fish, 24, said: “I was doing well and then I had a bit of a dip and the gaffer left me out and it gave me a kick up the bum.

“I feel good and sharp and maybe a bit of tiredness may have been the reason for the dip in form but I feel I have been consistent, especially after last year. I feel I have come back and done well and just need to keep improving.”

The Gills were back on the road on Saturday, after a disappointing defeat at home to Wycombe.

It was Gills’ fifth defeat on home soil but Fish added: “It’s hard to put your finger on it. As a team, maybe there is a bit of pressure at home, maybe it’s the crowd.

“We are in a great position to get promoted and need to just keep doing what we are doing.”

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