We've had key players missing. Deji Oshilaja was a main part of our superb defensive record early on, but he played 45 mins on tuesday for his first appearance since september so that's a bonus. Add in suspensions for Jackson, Dack, Wright and Dickenson (all of whom are now available again) and we've been very inconsistent selection-wise. The big one for me though is the loss of Luke Norris. Rory Donnelly and Cody McDonald are both similar in the sense that they're both finishers rather than grafters, and Ben Williamson isn't worth mentioning. Norris did a lot of donkey work early on and scored a few too. We've just signed Dominic Samuel on loan from Reading but from what I know he's more of a finisher rather than a workhorse too. Not sure if that'll help really!
Samuel straight into the starting line up for us with Cody on the bench, interesting change... let's hope he gets off to a decent start. I also see Bury have only named 4 subs, what's that about? Injury crisis? You'd think they would chuck some youthies on there at least.
Our Youth Keeper played today. I expected a defeat so not worried too much by the result, not many teams will come away with points here this season. Always disappointing but we move on to the next game.
Always good to beat a side who have no interest in using the large, rectangular green bit of the stadium!
Both teams struggled with the conditions, with set-pieces causing a nuisance first half. We played a lot of pretty football around the edge of the area but didn't take enough opportunities to shoot which was a shame, as the keeper was obviously a bag of nerves. Great determination and composure from Osadebe for the third, I'm delighted he's off the mark in a Gills shirt.