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Gillingham manager Peter Taylor says striker Cody McDonald the talk of opposition changing rooms

18 February 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Cody McDonald scores Gillingham's winner at Sheffield United Picture Barry Goodwin

Cody McDonald scores Gillingham's winner at Sheffield United Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor says forward Cody McDonald is putting the fear factor into opposition defences.

The striker has netted in each of the last four games and has scored seven goals in the last eight matches.

Taylor is sure that he will again be the talk of the opposition changing room, as the Gills prepare to host Sheffield United on Wednesday.

Taylor said: “He is a threat and I guarantee you that the Sheffield United defenders will be talking more about him than any player we have got.

Cody McDonald chases down the ball against Wolves. Picture Barry Goodwin

Cody McDonald chases down the ball against Wolves. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“As a manager you want other managers to talk about your players before a game.

“He is in good form, he is looking quick over 10 yards and isn’t giving centre-halves any time.”

Taylor felt that during last week’s win at Carlisle, the home defenders were clearly worried about the Gills striker, who netted his 13th of the season.

He said: “They were looking at him as well as the ball and it is great for us that he is in such good form.

“The defenders were nervous about him. Centre-halves are always going to be wary and he took his goal against Carlisle great.

“He is not just a goalscorer, he is filling in for people, he is playing in midfield and going wide. He is doing a great job.”

McDonald is in his third spell with the Gills and every one has been prolific.

He first joined, on loan, for the 2010/11 season as part of the deal that took Simeon Jackson to Norwich.

McDonald netted 25 league goals during that season but in the summer he signed for Coventry. He scored just four goals for the Sky Blues the following year.

He was back at Priestfield in January 2013, for a month, scoring four goals in seven appearances before being recalled.

Finally, in the summer, the Gills got their man permanently and he hasn’t disappointed. He has now scored 42 league goals from 77 appearances – nine of those coming from off the bench.

How good is Cody McDonald’s goalscoring record for Gillingham? Check out Luke Cawdell’s blog.

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