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The Mighty Gills Break Losing Streak with Brilliant Draw at Bradford

It may only be a draw, but never has it felt so good to see Gillingham draw 2-2 away to Bradford City.

Following three disappointing away defeats in a row, including that 7-0 drubbing from Shrewsbury, one could only think a fourth away defeat in a row was on the cards, especially when you’re playing Bradford City at the Valley Parade. And after being 2-0 down at half-time, it almost seemed a certainty.

However, a double from Simeon Jackson, and a never-say-die attitude after going down to ten men, ensured Gillingham would get a share of the points against a very good Bradford side.

It was a largely unexpected result, as disappointing away defeats to Aldershot and Exeter have made Gillingham fans develop a rather pessimistic attitude to away games, hence why only 237 Gillingham fans were present in the 12,432 attendance at Valley Parade. Such poor results had also led to some fans calling for the sacking of manager Mark Stimson.

But after following up last week’s spectacular 5-0 win over Morecambe with a thoroughly deserved 2-2 draw at Bradford, the pressure seems to be off Mark Stimson, for the time being anyway.

The Gills are starting to get back into form, and have strengthened their grip on eighth spot as they look to challenge for a play-off place. Simeon Jackson looks to be banging in the goals, with his double today taking his tally to seven for the season, as he looks to repay his £150,000 price tag.

The return of key players like Nicky Southall, Gary Mulligan, and Mark McCammon look to have rejuvenated the side as the Gills have picked up on goals as well as their overall performance. And the loan signings of Curtis Weston and Andrew Barcham seem to be having an impact on the team, as their hard working performances of late have spurred the Gills on.

Gillingham have been sensational at home in their last few games, making Priestfield seem like a bit of a fortress. And such form seems to be rubbing off in their away games now as well, as the Gills have finally broken their losing streak away from home. But the big question is: how long can Gillingham retain this current form? As past seasons have shown, this could well be yet another false hope of a new dawn.

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