Gills' Win Comes In Andy At Priestfield

Gillingham player-manager Andy Hessenthaler was impressed by his side's cohesive team performance as they beat high-flying Crystal Palace 3-0 at Priestfield.

Gillingham player-manager Andy Hessenthaler was impressed by his side's cohesive team performance as they beat high-flying Crystal Palace 3-0 at Priestfield.

Palace would have gone level on points with Burnley at the top of Division One with a victory.

But the Gills ran riot in the first 33 minutes, with a Guy Ipoua brace coming either side of a strike by Iffy Onuora.

Hessenthaler said: "We were a little bit shaky in the first 10 minutes and took our time to settle down but once we got the first goal I thought we were just too strong for them.

"The three guys up front were causing Palace all sorts of problems and our midfielders were winning the second ball.

"Barry Ashby and Chris Hope were both told to do a job on their front two, Dougie Freedman and Clinton Morrison, who are on fire at the moment and they kept them quiet all night."

He added: "It's nice we have kept a clean sheet in our last three games and to score three goals and the three points has jumped us four places up the table which is also very good.

"It's only one defeat now in our last six games.

"Confidence is getting there and I believe in the players and they believe in themselves.

"But I think they will have to believe a little bit more at times and if they can do that then we can climb the table.

"Palace are no mugs, they are third from top and there on merit. Last night though I thought we made them look very ordinary."

Steve Kember, in charge of team affairs for Palace,said: "It's two years on the trot we've been here and got battered both times.

"When Gillingham scored their first goal it got their tails up and the second goal was just bad marking by us from the set piece and you can't legislate for that."

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