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Cody McDonald, Barry Fuller, Deji Oshilaja and Andy Barcham all set to return to Priestfield

By Luke Cawdell

There will be no time for sentiment when some familiar faces return to Priestfield on Saturday.

The Gills are up against an AFC Wimbledon side who are likely to include former favourite Cody McDonald in their starting line-up.

Fellow old boys Barry Fuller, Deji Oshilaja and popular winger Andy Barcham – who was on target for Wimbledon when they entertained Gillingham earlier this season – are also set to start.

McDonald came off the bench during the last meeting but he has found his scoring form of late, netting four goals in his last nine games.

Gills boss Steve Lovell said: “Cody has always been a good goalscorer, he works the line well, we are aware of that.

“Cody and Deji had good times here but that goes out the window when we play them on Saturday.

“They will be coming to try and win, as well as the other nine. It will be the same for us. Hopefully we will be ready for it.” 


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The Gills had to settle for a point, when they played Oxford United on Boxing Day, better than nothing for Lovell on a day when neither side shone.

Lovell said: “We have had a really good run since I have been in charge. They (the players) have been fantastic.

“They are going to have blips and times when they have a dip. We had a dip but we got a point. That is the pleasing thing. To have lost would have been very disappointing.

“It was nice to come back from a goal down. I could see the belief in the players.

“We all know the boys work hard but to go and get that goal, when we were down and not playing well, we dug it out and got a point, a very important point.

“It keeps us going. Two good results coming up and we could be in a nice position.”

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