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Strike force poser for Hess

MAMADY SIDIBE: Assured of a place in the starting line-up
MAMADY SIDIBE: Assured of a place in the starting line-up

ANDY HESSENTHALER has again declined to express a preference over whom he considers to be his first choice strike force as Gillingham face Wolves at Priestfield tonight.

With supporters clamouring for Mamady Sidibe and newly-freed Marlon King as the ideal partnership after coming together for the first time in Saturday's 1-0 win at Ipswich, Hessenthaler was keeping an open mind on the subject.

He said: “It all depends who's in-form at any given time and at the moment Guy Ipoua is not doing himself any harm. He's playing very well, especially at home.

“He and Mamady Sidibe have got a good partnership going which really showed in the home game against Watford. But it’s all about people performing on the day and if you’re not performing then you're not in the side.

“It's a tough call. You will definitely see big Mama up front which leaves me with the decision as to whether to bring Guy back after suspension or start Tommy Johnson.

“One thing is for certain, I will not be starting Marlon. It's too early for him and he will be on the bench with the likelihood that he'll play for the reserves on Wednesday.”

The Gills boss expressed sympathy for injury-plagued striker Rod Wallace who broke down in training on Friday and now faces another spell on the sidelines.

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