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Manager Peter Taylor says top-half Gillingham still in League 1 survival fight

03 February 2014
by Craig Tucker

Gills look to find space from a corner against Port Vale. Picture Barry Goodwin

Gills look to find space from a corner against Port Vale. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor believes Gills are still in a fight for survival even though they’re in the top half of League 1 for the first time this season.

Gills climbed to 11th with their 3-2 win over Port Vale on Saturday and go to bottom side Stevenage – Taylor’s former club – for a rearranged match on Tuesday night.

Asked if he felt his ‘old’ side will stay up, Gills boss Taylor said: “It’s a close call. I think there’s about nine of us who could still be in it or not in it.

“We all feel Bristol City and Sheffield United are two massive clubs and most of us would be surprised if they didn’t improve, if their managers have recruited well.”

Gills could face their former loanee John Mousinho at Broadhall Way.

Mousinho scored the winner in a 3-2 victory against Stevenage while on loan from Preston last November but his stay was cut short by a hamstring injury.

He’s fit again and has joined Stevenage until the end of the season.

Taylor admitted he considered bringing Mousinho back to Priestfield.

He said: “I would (have liked him back) but I wasn’t sure how his hamstring was.

“He’s a great lad and he’ll be well thought of there. I’m sure he’ll be performing for them on Tuesday.”

The biggest decision facing Taylor is whether to start Adebayo Akinfenwa.

He scored twice in the win against Vale but was substituted with the Stevenage game in mind.

“Sometimes you make those substitutions and you’ve got to be careful when you do it,” said Taylor.

“For me to consider Bayo again, he couldn’t have played 90 minutes.”

Elliott Hewitt closes down former Gills player Gavin Tomlin. Picture Barry Goodwin

Elliott Hewitt closes down former Gills player Gavin Tomlin. Picture: Barry Goodwin

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