Gillingham vs Peterborough United – Match Preview

Gillingham are boosted by the return of penalty hero Josh Wright, following his suspension, as they welcome Peterborough United.

Wright plays his first game since the dramatic turnaround against Scunthorpe two weeks ago, which saw 2-0 down Gillingham score three penalties in just over ten minutes.

The Gills midfielder was the man who scored all three spot kicks, however his celebrations warranted his tenth booking of the season meaning his missed the next two games.

“I love playing football games and I’m really feeling good at the moment with the form I am in,” said Wright, following his heroics earlier this month.

“To miss these next two crucial games has put a bit of a downer on it for me but I can’t let it get me too down.” 

His return will be a welcome one for Ady Pennock’s side who lost 4-0 and 4-1 in Wright’s absence to Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale respectively.

Head Coach Pennock said: “Josh Wright is back, which is a big bonus as he has been top-drawer.

“I was disappointed last week against Rochdale. I thought we didn’t play as a team, we went as individuals which was very disappointing.”

Gillingham will also welcome back defenders Deji Oshilaja and Ryan Jackson ahead of the match against a struggling Peterborough side.

Grant McCann’s men have won just once in their last eight Sky Bet League One games, meaning his side have lost ground in the race for those all-important play-off places.

However, McCann remains confident his side can fashion a victory at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

“We’ve been conceding the first goal far too often lately,” said McCann, “We have a good record of winning games after we have scored the first goal.

“I want to see us create chances and score goals, it’s what this team should be about.”

The only injury concerns for the Posh are defender Ryan Tafazolli and striker Paul Taylor; both have their hamstring problems.

A win for Peterborough will see them close the gap on the top six, whilst Gillingham could rise three places to fifteenth with three points.

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