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Gillingham's FA Cup exploits against Sunderland may mean boss Steve Evans has to make changes for trip to AFC Wimbledon

Gillingham boss Steve Evans will look to see the freshness of his squad before making a decision on who plays at AFC Wimbledon this Saturday.

His side needed extra-time to beat Sunderland in their FA Cup first round replay on Tuesday.

Gillingham's management team have much to ponder ahead of weekend trip to AFC Wimbledon Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham's management team have much to ponder ahead of weekend trip to AFC Wimbledon Picture: Ady Kerry

It was a physical battle and Evans knows he has options should anyone need a rest.

“We will certainly freshen it up,” he said. “We have boys on the bench who are very capable of playing. We brought Mikael Ndjoli on (against Sunderland) but hopefully the other Mika (Mandron) should be available.”

Mandron missed out on Tuesday with a sickness bug.

Evans added: “I am sure fans at one point on Tuesday were thinking ‘why are we not introducing Mark Marshall?’.

Against Tottenham under-21s (last Tuesday) he was stunning but the players were in the heat of the battle.

It was a physical battle against Sunderland on Tuesday night. Connor Ogilvie feels the pain Picture: Ady Kerry
It was a physical battle against Sunderland on Tuesday night. Connor Ogilvie feels the pain Picture: Ady Kerry

“Our job now is about recovering and making sure there is a freshness about the team when we pick it up for Saturday and making sure we have players that can play in our style.

“It is quickly becoming evident how we play – it is high press. People say (Liverpool boss) Jurgen Klopp brought it to England, but I’m not sure he saw my teams five or 10 years ago.”

Saturday’s hosts are just outside the relegation places but Evans isn’t expecting an easy ride.

He said: “It will be tough. It’s a tight little ground and we will take good support.

Mark Marshall is pushing to be involved for the Gills after impressing against Tottenham's youngsters Picture: Ady Kerry
Mark Marshall is pushing to be involved for the Gills after impressing against Tottenham's youngsters Picture: Ady Kerry

“They are a good side, they have been doing very well of late, especially at home.

“They lost to a Doncaster side (in their own midweek replay) who are full of quality and we will see that in two weeks.”


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