CONVERSATION | Phil Parkinson ahead of Gillingham – News

  • November 11, 2023

Phil Parkinson is confident his side can extend their unbeaten run this weekend as the Red Dragons take on Gillingham FC.

It’s been a poor run in all competitions, with notable wins against Salford City, Notts County and Mansfield Town.

Last week brought two impressive back-to-back trophies as the Reds progressed to the Emirates FA Cup and the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.

After a welcome hiatus from league football, Parkinson explained that they are looking forward to getting started again.

He said: “It was nice to improve especially in the FA Cup because it was a good win for us.

“Tuesday night was important because it kept us moving in terms of form which led to us getting a home goal.

“It’s good to be back in the league. It was a welcome break and the boys are ready for tomorrow’s game.”

That winning streak didn’t come easily, especially given the notable absences from the matchday squads.

Ryan Barnett and Eoghan O’Connell both picked up injuries in the Sutton United game, while Jordan Tunnicliffe and Andy Cannon also scored.

Paul Mullin and James McClean will be missing this weekend as they serve one-match bans.

Despite the latest injury, the Wrexham boss has added a positive update on the players’ fitness ahead of today’s clash.

He said: “Everyone has had a good week and Aaron Hayden and Jordan Tunnicliffe are back on the grass which is great to see.

“It is important that they run on their legs and raise the level of training because it is important that they are selected early.

“Like I said, Andy Cannon is not as close as we feared.

“Paul and James have had a break this week. Some bookings are very difficult, obviously some can be avoided but it’s very easy to get yellow cards at the moment and a lot of clubs are getting that.”

“We will take our medicine from that one and come back firing on all cylinders when it becomes available next week.”

Tomorrow will be the first Sky Bet League Two game for Stephen Clemence, who took over a week ago.

The Gills sit in ninth place, but are only one point off the play-off places and five behind the Red Dragons.

Clemence got a win on his debut in the Emirates FA Cup First Round against Hereford and lost in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.

After a change in the dugout, Parkinson expects the Gills to be aggressive when they visit SToK Cae Ras.

He said: “They are an exciting team because they have started well and are top of the league after the first four games.

“It is clear that there was an article that they were not scoring enough goals, they were doing well but the board decided to change the manager.

“Stephen Clemence has come in and his order will be to focus more on attacking and what he said in the media shows that.

“It’s going to be a tough game and it’s another game that could be at the top.