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Gillingham 2 Wycombe Wanderers 2 - League 1 match report

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham came from two goals down to earn a point against Wycombe Wanderers.

Former loanee Adam Al-Abd and Nathan Tyson both struck for the visitors inside the opening 20 minutes at Priestfield.

Tom Eaves got one back for the Gills after the break and Josh Parker headed them level.

Alex Lacey was starting for the Gills on Saturday in place of Max Ehmer Picture: Ady Kerry (6021368)
Alex Lacey was starting for the Gills on Saturday in place of Max Ehmer Picture: Ady Kerry (6021368)

Reaction: Gills boss credits the opposition as they are forced to fight back

There was just the one change for the Gills, with Max Ehmer missing out through injury and replaced in central defence by Alex Lacey.

Wycombe went into the game with three straight wins behind them, against a Gills team who had found a bit of form themselves, winning the two league games either side of their FA Cup victory at Slough.

It was the visitors who made the early running and deservedly went infront.

Alex Samuel and Bryn Morris had both seen shots deflected wide but El-Abd made no mistake from 10 yards after the ball fell kindly into his path. The Gills had failed to clear a corner, with Tomas Holy unable to get a decent punch on the ball and Barry Fuller inadvertently heading the ball back into the danger zone.

Five minutes later and Wycombe had a second. Jason McCarthy’s cross from the right was headed down by Mark Byrne and Nathan Tyson was well placed to pounce, driving an effort beyond Holy.

Mark Byrne wins a header Picture: Ady Kerry (6021370)
Mark Byrne wins a header Picture: Ady Kerry (6021370)

Those goals came before the Gills had even had a shot. Fred Onyedinma’s deflected shot was held by Holy before Josh Parker did well to create space and finally force keeper Stephen Henderson into a save.

Elliott List tried to force his way to goal while Henderson pushed a Darren Oldaker free-kick wide. There were no Gills goals before the break,

Fred Onyedinma almost capitalised on an mistake at the back from Lacey in the second half, the defender allowing the Millwall loan man in on goal, but Holy stuck out a leg and was able to block the shot.

Dean Parrett challenges for the ball Picture: Ady Kerry (6021366)
Dean Parrett challenges for the ball Picture: Ady Kerry (6021366)

The Gills had brought on Bradley Garmston for the second half, reverting to 3-5-2.

Eaves got the Gills back into the match with his 15th goal of the season, arriving at the back post and prodding Mark Byrne’s deep cross home with his second touch after controlling it well with his first.

Samuel smashed a chance over for the visitors when well positioned, after Holy had saved Bryn’s long range effort.

Gillingham got back on level terms with 14 minutes left as Parker rose unchallenged to head home Dean Parrett’s corner.

Parker had a chance for glory with two minutes left but dragged the shot wide and moments later Holy had to be alert to save from Wycombe sub Randell Williams.

Gillingham: Holy, Fuller, Ogilvie, Lacey, Zakuani, Parrett, Oldaker (Garmston 46mins), Byrne, List (Hanlan 86mins), Eaves, Parker. Subs not used: Hadler, O’Neill, Charles-Cook, Bingham, Rees.

Wycombe: Henderson, Jombati, Jacobson, Gape, El-Abd, Morris, Thompson, Onyedinma, Tyson (Williams 77mins), Samuel, McCarthy. Subs not used: Yates, Stewart, Mackail-Smith, Kashket, Cowan-Hall, Freeman.

Attendance: Not given

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