Gillingham v Milton Keynes Dons preview
Gillingham v Milton Keynes Dons preview

Gillingham will look to follow up Saturday’s decent point at Portsmouth with three more when MK Dons come to Priestfield this evening.

Steve Evans’ side showed some real character to come from behind and secure a vital point in their slim play-off push in League One.

This evening, Evans will have to assess who is available to him before making the decision on who is in his starting eleven with a number of his squad now carrying knocks from so many games in recent weeks.

With a renewed sense of optimism around the club after all but securing their place in the league for next season, Evans wants his side to go out and express themselves, but admits he will need to see who is fit enough to feature:

“We will have a look at who is with us on the training ground and who is looking fresh for MK Dons, there were a few knocks from Saturday and Tuesday.”

“MK Dons are one of those teams that are expansive and they play some great stuff, so we need to be at it. Russ (MK manager Russell Martin) has done a terrific job, he is a young man who will do well in this management game. They are full of good players, certainly three or four of them will play in the Championship come next season.”

“We know it is going to be tough but we will work on a plan to be ready. If we are a notch down like we were in the first half against Wimbledon then we will pay the price. When we play like we did against Portsmouth, with that desire and application, then we are capable of competing against the best.”

“It’s now time to focus on Tuesday and on getting a positive result; we are looking forward to it.”

With Callum Slattery sidelined for a few more weeks, there is some good news on the horizon with striker Dominic Samuel back in training, however he too is some weeks away from being able to feature.

Evans will have to decide whether to reintroduce Jojn Akinde to his starting eleven with the striker having come off the bench at Fratton Park.

Milton Keynes Dons will prove a stern test for the 6pm kick off.

Picture supplied by Gillingham Football Club.