Altogether now, here come the Gills… Gills, Gills, Gills, Gills. Rovers are playing Gillingham and I’ve got the music from that Boots ad in my head. On paper the chase for the Championship via automatic promotion is becoming a keenly fought threee horse race; Swansea lead the way with Rovers and Carlisle now eight and seven points respectively ahead of fourth placed Forest. Suddenly every game is a must win and no-one can afford a slip-up; after making hard work of victory over Port Vale on Saturday Rovers must move Gillingham aside at the Keepmoat tonight if they’re to keep themselves in the race.
All back in contention for Rovers are the Welsh duo of Jason Price and Stephen Roberts as well top scorer James Hayter who is back from hernia surgery and was an unused substitute on Saturday. Lewis Guy remains a game or two away from fitness however, whilst Gordon Greer and James O’Connor are also absent from contention for Sean O’Driscoll’s squad.
Gillingham will make the trip north without the suspended Garry Richards and the injured Danny Cullip however they too could be boosted by returns with Simon Royce and Sean Clohessy both back in the running for a starting place after injury and suspensioon respectively. Adam Bygrave, on loan from Premiership Reading, could also make the staring eleven as the Gills look to fnd a way to recover from a terrible run that has seen just one victory in the last ten games.