Gillingham’s goalless start to the 2017/18 League One season continued with a 1-0 defeat away from home at Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.
Dons’ debutant Osman Sow netted the only goal of the game, with the Swede finding space at the back post to finish an Aaron Tshibola cross past Gills keeper Tomas Holy.
Holy played his part in keeping the Gills in the game, saving Kieran Agard’s second-half spot-kick after being adjudged to have brought down Ryan Seager in the box.
Gillingham defended relatively well throughout the contest but, crucially, offered little threat to the opposition goal – a problem that has been apparent in Gillingham’s games so far this season.
Over the 90+ minutes of the match, Adrian Pennock’s side mustered just one effort on target and, even when presented with a golden opportunity to steal a point in the game’s dying moments, they were unable to take it.
That opportunity came from the penalty spot after substitute Liam Nash had been adjudged to have been fouled by Dons keeper Lee Nicholls.
But Josh Wright blazed his spot-kick over the crossbar to leave the travelling Gills contingent despondent as they made their way back down the M1.
Gillingham team vs MK Dons
Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Lacey (Oldaker 81), Zakuani, Ogilvie, Byrne, Wright, Martin, Eaves, Parker (Nash 62).
Unused subs: Arnold, Nugent, Simpson, Hessenthaler, Cundle.