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Olly Lee to play against bother Elliot when Gillingham take on Oxford United

Gillingham midfielder Olly Lee is looking forward to doing battle with his brother for the first time in senior football.

Olly’s younger brother Elliot plays upfront for Oxford United and the pair are expected to be up against each other at some point when the teams meet in League 1 on Saturday.

Olly Lee will hope to play against his brother Elliot this weekend
Olly Lee will hope to play against his brother Elliot this weekend

“We’re looking forward to it - it will be good fun,” said 29-year-old Olly.

“We have played together before for a year at Luton and at West Ham but never had to play against each other, we have always managed to avoid each other. It will be nice for the family but it is just a shame they can’t be there.

“I want him to do well but I want us to come out with three points.”

Elliot, 26, is on loan at Oxford from Luton Town and has hit the net four times since joining Karl Robinson’s side.

Like the Gills, they are also competing for a play-off spot.

Olly may have to settle for another substitute appearance, as he has in his last six outings.

The Hearts loanee admits it’s been frustrating having to play a bit-part role during the last few weeks.

“I am not a player who will sit on the bench and be happy about it,” he said.

“The boys have done really well but I want to play my part from now until the end of the season.

“I feel like I can contribute and be a part of the team. I back myself and think I can bring a lot to the table when selected.”

Olly is a natural in central midfield but has often been asked to play as strike partner for Vadaine Oliver. It’s not something he’s used to.

He said: “It is not my natural game but you can learn stuff wherever you play, you learn every day.

“Playing against big centre halves has been tough when they come through the back of you and I am not used to having that. It is something I have to learn and something that will help my game when I am back in midfield, it can only benefit me as a player.”

He’s grabbed a handful of goals this season including the equaliser at Hull City last month.

He said: “It was good to get the equaliser at Hull but we then wanted to get the winner, that’s the mentality of the squad. A draw at Hull for most teams would be a great result but for us we wanted to go and win.”

The Gills are in win-or-bust territory, still holding out hope of making it into the top six. The players still believe they can.

Olly said: “We are still in and around it, still a few points off where we would like to be but it is still in our hands, we can still try and make this happen.

“We know it is going to be a long shot, a tough ask, but we are capable, we have shown we are a good side in this league, there is still time for us to sneak in there and like the gaffer says, if we do get in there I also fancy us to win it.

“We just have to do our stuff on Saturday, beat the next team ahead of us, we can’t control what others do. There are still a few twists and turns to be had yet.”

The Gills face a decent Oxford team this Saturday and then head to Peterborough United on Tuesday night, a side chasing an automatic promotion place.

With positive results against leading sides Hull, Doncaster and Lincoln City in recent weeks, there is optimism in the camp that they can bring some valuable points home. The Gills, realistically, need at least four wins from their last five games.

“That is when we turn up, that is when we are at our best,” said Olly, commenting on the next two games.

“We have a group of lads who are striving to be better and want to compete against the so called best in the league and we are more than capable of doing that.

“We have had some great results against the so-called best teams and hopefully we can get a few more.”

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