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Gillingham 2-1 Southend United: Stop the presses, Gillingham win!

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Gillingham v Southend United (CT)

Gillingham 2-1 Southend United: Stop the presses, Gillingham win!

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Gillingham 2-1 Southend United: Stop the presses, Gillingham win!

It’s taken six games across three competitions, but Gillingham have finally won, thanks to an Anton Ferdinand own goal

Gillingham picked up their first win of the campaign at the sixth time of asking with a 2-1 win over Southend United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

A first-half Josh Parker strike gave the Gills the lead, only for the visitors to pull level before the break through Stephen McLaughlin.

And, following a superbly-struck free kick from Darren Oldaker, Shrimpers’ centre half Anton Ferdinand put through his own net to score a decisive own goal and hand the Gills their first win of the season.

New centre-half acquisition Ben Nugent started in the heart of the Gills’ defence and impressed, earning the Man of the Match honours for his debut performance in a Gills shirt.

New goalkeeping signing Steve Arnold also made his Gillingham debut, but his reward was less pleasant, as he finished the game with a suspected broken nose.

Gillingham team vs Southend

Arnold, O’Neill, Ehmer, Nugent, Ogilvie (Simpson 80), Parker, Hessenthaler, Oldaker, Wagstaff (Byrne 90), Cundle (List 70), Wilkinson.

Unused subs: Holy, Lacey, Chapman, Eaves.

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