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PREVIEW: GILLINGHAM (A)

10 October 2014

Caretaker manager Andy Dawson takes charge of the Iron squad for the weekend trip to Gillingham.

Russ Wilcox was relieved of his duties on Wednesday morning and Dawson will be assisted by Tony Daws at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Lyle Taylor and Eddie Nolan will miss the clash against Peter Taylor’s side, although Dawson admitted in his Thursday press conference that both aren’t too far away from returns.

The player-coach, who has made over 250 appearances for the Iron, also confirmed Deon Burton will be among those traveling and, if the experienced forward isn’t fit, he will be present on the sidelines to assist the coaching team.

Rory Fallon has scored two goals in his first three Iron appearances and he will be in contention to start, as will Shaun Brisley, who was cup-tied in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek, as Miguel Llera came into the side.

We face a Gills side sitting in 18th place and without a win in their last three fixtures.

Notts County, who were winners at Glanford Park in the JPT on Tuesday, beat the Gills 1-0 last time out in Sky Bet League One. Before that, they lost to Sheffield United and drew with Walsall.

It is the 36th meeting between the two clubs, and the Iron have come out on top on more occasions, winning 12, drawing 13 and losing ten.

We have only met just three times in the last seven years, though.

The Iron lost 4-0 in the FA Cup on the road in 2012 and the meetings before that was in the 2006/07 season, in the third tier, when the Iron completed a double.

The Claret and Blue won 2-0 at Priestfield before beating them 3-1 at Glanford Park.

The Gills are managed by former England caretaker manager Peter Taylor, who signed Andy Dawson when he was manager at Hull, in 2003.

It is Taylor’s second spell in-charge of the Gills having taken charge from 1999-2000 and he took the vacant role, initially on an interim basis, last year after Martin Allen’s departure.

If you aren’t travelling to Priestfield at the weekend, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or keep an eye on events on the website, with live updates available from kick-off.

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