Friday 16th February.
Tomorrow sees the visit of Gillingham who are supported by my brother
in law. Thankfully, he is unable to get up here for the game to
avoid any family embarrassment if we lose (not that we will). There
are one or two familiar faces in the Gillingham ranks, with Vince
Bartram, Marcus Browning and Iffy Onoura all likely to feature in
the sixteen on duty. I would imagine that Iffy will get a pretty
decent reception because he was something of an enigma when he played,
but exciting all the same. Marcus Browning arrived at a similar
time to Marcus Stewart but never made a huge impact, and although
Brian Horton kept saying that we hadnít seen the best of Marcus
Browning, we knew that we had and it wasnít particularly good. It
didnít help that he was injury prone, but he always looked out of
his depth. Bartram was one of the earlier acquisitions of Peter
Jacksonís reign, but I never particularly rated him and I was pleased
when Steven Harper came on loan and Bartram was allowed to return
to his career in Arsenalís reserve team.
Iím not sure quite how the defence will line up tomorrow with
the only proper (?) left-sided full back currently playing in midfield.
It looks as though Steve Jenkins might continue at left-back although
this is not an ideal situation because he is so one footed, and
looks uncomfortable when asked to play on the wrong side of the
pitch. Gillingham have acquitted themselves quite well in their
first-ever season in the first division having enjoyed some reasonable
results, however, if we can continue as we played against Bolton
(particularly in the first half) we should be able to make some
headway towards the teams just above the drop zone.