Gillingham v Coventry City preview
Gillingham v Coventry City preview

Manager Steve Evans is expected to ring the changes as Gillingham host Coventry City in the Carabao Cup this evening.

The Gills boss is expected to look at giving some of his fringe players a run out after Saturday’s League One opener against Hull City at Priestfield ended in a 2-0 loss.

With one eye on this coming weekend’s league game away to Wigan Athletic, Evans admits tonight could be an opportunity for some players to impress that didn’t feature against Coventry City:

“There will be a number of changes. The competition is not a priority and given how small our squad is we need to focus on our league campaign.”

“We will try and win on Tuesday,” assured Evans. “This will be useful to test partnerships, get some minutes on the pitch and get up to speed. We will be watching in training and this match, there is an opportunity here to get yourself a starting place.”

“Whoever I pick, it will not mean that the ones I leave out will play against Wigan.”

“We will give Mark Robins’ team, who were the best team in the league last year, a good game. We always want to win on the day and we will honour the competition the best we can.”

One player that could miss out is captain Kyle Dempsey with Evans having said on Saturday that the midfielder must be a doubt after rolling his ankle:

“He landed awkwardly and rolled his ankle. The lad will be scanned tomorrow (Sunday) morning and we will go from there.”

Meanwhile, Evans has admitted he is still looking at bringing in more players to strengthen his small squad with the boss having already said he wants to bring in three more players.

He said: “We have a small squad. We need to add, but we need the right players in. We can all go and sign players, but we have to do it right.”

A win tonight will put Gillingham in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup with a trip to either Stoke City or Wolverhampton Wanderers awaiting the victors.

Kick off for tonight’s game is at 6pm.

Picture supplied by Gillingham Football Club.