Lovell pleased as Gills secure status
Lovell pleased as Gills secure status

Manager Steve Lovell believes Gillingham are just about safe from relegation after taking a hard-earned point in a 1-1 draw at relegated Bradford City.

The result leaves them six points above the League One safety mark with two games to play.

Bottom club Bradford went in front after ten minutes when the visitors’ defence failed to deal with Billy Clarke’s inswinging free kick from the right and right back Kelvin Mellor scored with a close range header.

But Gillingham equalised in the 53rd minute when keeper Ben Wilson failed to hold substitute Bradley Garmston’s left wing cross and Brandon Hanlan squeezed the ball over the line.

Lovell said: “I think we are pretty safe with 52 points – the teams around the bottom of the table have got to play each other and I don’t think anyone can get six points. So we can enjoy the last two games of the season.

“The win against Plymouth on Good Friday was a really important result for us. It took us to 51 points which I think would have been enough.

“I think we deserved to beat Bradford on the balance of play. I thought our football was excellent, the way we passed the ball around and we created three or four really good opportunities in the first half which we didn’t take.

“In the second half we used the ball very well and we were disappointed not to score a second goal to win the game.”