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Rochdale 3-0 Gillingham: Normal service resumed as Gills downed at Spotland

Reality returned to Gillingham Football Club after last week’s victory with another disappointing defeat, another sending off and just one shot on target at Rochdale



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The positivity surrounding Gillingham FC after their first league win of the season lasted just one week.

The Gills travelled to Rochdale looking to kickstart their season following their home win against Charlton last weekend. But things went terribly wrong as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat – and it could have been even worse.

The damage was done in the space of two first-half minutes, as Gillingham conceded two goals in the space of 120 seconds as they spectacularly threw away the chance of three points at Spotland.

Joe Bunney’s run forward saw the Rochdale man beat three Gills defenders before his effort was well blocked by Holy. But the rebound fell kindly for Ian Henderson who put the hosts ahead on 25 minutes.

Gillingham collapsed seconds later when they fell two goals behind as Joe Rafferty netted Rochdale’s second after a mistake from Gills keeper Tomas Holy.

And things went from bad to worse for the Gills when striker Tom Eaves was red carded after being adjudged to have elbowed Rafferty a minute before the break.

Things could have gotten even worse for the visitors when Gabriel Zakuani fouled Henderson to concede a late penalty. But Holy partly-redeemed himself for his earlier error by saving well from Henderson’s spot-kick.

The third goal did eventually arrive, however, when substitute Matt Done finished the job and consigned the Gills to their fifth defeat of the league season.

Gillingham mustered just one shot on target on yet another disappointing day. And after a few days of optimism and positivity, reality has returned to the club, which finds itself back in the relegation zone once again.

Gills XI vs Rochdale

Holy, O’Neill, Zakuani, Nugent, Lacey, Ehmer (Parker 45), Byrne, Bingham, Clare, Eaves (S/O 44), Wilkinson (Nash 45)

Unused subs: Hessenthaler, Ogilvie, Oldaker, Arnold, Starkey

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