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Tom Eaves scored Gillingham's equaliser from the spot after Oldham's Wilfried Moimbe was sent off for pulling his hair.

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham striker Tom Eaves made Oldham’s Wilfried Moimbe pay the price for a moment of madness.

Moimbe was red-carded for tugging at Eaves' hair, an incident that also earned the Gills a stoppage-time penalty, which the striker put away.

It meant that relegation threatened Oldham waved goodbye to a precious two points.

Tom Eaves fires home from the penalty spot for Gillingham Picture: Andy Payton
Tom Eaves fires home from the penalty spot for Gillingham Picture: Andy Payton

“If he really wanted to brush my hair I would have let him do it after the game,” joked Gills’ 15-goal man.

“I bumped into him and he pulled my hair.”

Eaves had gone eight games without a goal before tucking away the late penalty, to earn the Gills a 1-1 draw.

Tom Eaves celebrates scoring Gillingham's equaliser at Oldham Picture: Andy Payton
Tom Eaves celebrates scoring Gillingham's equaliser at Oldham Picture: Andy Payton

“There were a few mindgames going on,” said the 26-year-old, speaking about the penalty.

“I looked over to the sideline and saw him (the Oldham boss) making a substitution, using every trick in the book. I found it comical to be honest.

“I was delighted to have put the penalty away and to have got back on the scoresheet.

“It has been a frustrating period for me because I want to contribute to the team and play as many games as I can, hopefully now I can get on the pitch for the rest of the season. I just want to play as many as possible, every one if I can.”

His 15th of the season came against a former club, one which gave him his first taste of senior football after progressing through Oldham’s youth set-up.

Not that the Oldham fans seemed to care.

Eaves said: “For some reason I don’t get the reception, not even a lukewarm one really, for what reason I don’t know but I am a Gillingham player and all my loyalties are with Gillingham.”

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