The Sky Sports cameras arrived at Priestfield for Gillingham v Portsmouth, as the Gills produced a horror show of a performance as they crashed to defeat for the seventh time in 12 league games.
After a tight first half that offered little quality from either side, Gillingham were sucker-punched in the opening seconds of the second half.
Straight from the Gills’ kick-off, Portsmouth took possession in defence and pushed forward. Nathan Thompson crossed from the right and Curtis Main’s diving header smacked against the post.
But Gillingham’s statuesque defence was too slow to react, and Matthew Kennedy fired home the loose ball for the only goal of the game.
Gillingham’s reaction to the goal was timid at best as they struggled to create any chances, while Portsmouth looked the more dangerous side on the counter-attack.
Gillingham’s ineptitude in attack was highlighted on the stats sheet after the game. The home side failed to muster a single shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes, with Josh Parker’s late goal from close-range ruled out by the offside flag.
It saw the Gills fail to find the net for the eighth game out of the 12 they’ve played in the league this season.
The performance on the pitch, coupled with the general frustration at the direction the club is taking, led to vocal protests from the Gills fans before and during the game.
A group of fans protested outside the Medway Stand before kick-off, and chants of ‘We want Scally out!’ and ‘You’re killing our club!’ were directed at the chairman in the second half.
After failing to trouble another side struggling in the wrong half of the table, the supporters’ fears are increasing as the club heads into a tricky run of games.
The Gills travel to promotion-chasing Peterborough next weekend, followed by a Tuesday night home game with second-placed Wigan.
The Gills then host fellow strugglers Northampton in a must-win game.
And if the side can’t produce a run of point-scoring form, it looks like Gills fans could be in for a long winter.