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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Gillingham

We take a closer look at tonight's opponents

19 December 2017

There’s more FA Cup action for United tonight as the Blues welcome Sky Bet League One side Gillingham in an FA Cup second-round replay.

The two sides couldn’t be separated earlier this month as they played out a 1-1 draw at Priestfield.

And now they’ll renew acquaintances as they battle it out for the chance to play Sheffield Wednesday at home in the Third Round.

We put Steve Lovell’s men under the spotlight ahead of their visit to Brunton Park:

Back To Winning Ways

It was a tough start to the campaign for Gillingham, who had to wait until the middle of September to pick up their first league win of the season.

Recent form had looked to be much better with a strong run of performances in November seeing the Gills go seven games unbeaten in all competitions.

But back-to-back defeats to Oxford and Plymouth, after the FA Cup meeting at Priestfield, looked to curtail the upwards momentum - only for Gillingham to bounce back in some style with a resounding 4-1 win over Bristol Rovers last time out.

Now, the Gills will be keen to build on that win at Brunton Park and secure their passage through to the third round.

FA Cup Record

Gillingham had to tackle non-league opposition in Leyton Orient in the first round of this season’s competition.

And they progressed as goals from Josh Parker and Tom Eaves sealed a 2-1 win over the ten-man O’s.

That first round victory was already an improvement on last season when the Gills crashed out at the first hurdle following defeat to Brackley.

The non-league outfit held Gillingham to a 2-2 draw at Priestfield before triumphing 4-3 on their own patch.

Lovell will now be looking to guide his side to the Third Round for the first time since 2012, when they were beaten 3-1 by Stoke.

What Does History Tell Us?

The two sides have met fairly regularly throughout history and it’s Gillingham who have the marginally better record.

Of the 49 times the pair have faced off, the Gills have claimed victory on 21 occasions with United triumphant in 17 games - 11 meetings have ended as draws.

The last time the two sides faced before off our recent FA Cup encounter was in Sky Bet League One back in 2013/14, when Gillingham ran out 2-1 winners at Brunton Park.

Solid Record

The Blues have home advantage in this replay, and that will likely be of great comfort given United’s strong home record against Gillingham.

While the Gills won the last clash between the two in Cumbria, that is their sole victory at Brunton Park in the last 20 years.

And in that time there were some memorable Carlisle victories, including a 5-0 triumph in 2007 which saw goals from Peter Murphy, Luke Joyce, Kevin Gall and a Danny Graham brace.

Ones to Watch

+ Max Ehmer - A familiar face to Untied fans having spent time on loan at Brunton Park, the centre back joined Gillingham on a permanent basis in 2015. The powerful defender made his breakthrough at QPR and went on to play for Preston, Stevenage and Yeovil during several loan spells away from Loftus Road. But it was at Prreistfield where the German found his home, and Ehmer has gone on to make nearing 150 appearances for the Gills.

+ Josh Parker - Capable of playing as a wing-back, winger or a striker, the lively Parker started his career at Queen's Park Rangers and recently spent time with Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian SuperLiga. He initially joined Gillingham on trial at the start of 2017 before earning a longer-term deal. Used mainly up top this season, Parker has caused plenty of problems for oppositions defences and has four goals to his name already.

+ Lee Martin - An experienced winger who is currently the Gills’ captain, ex-Manchester United man Martin moved to Priestfield in 2016. He missed most of last season through injury but returned in February and put in some dynamic attacking displays on the left hand side. A regular this season, Martin has already netted twice while laying on plenty of other chances for his teammates.

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MATCH REPORT: United 3 - 1 Gillingham

Report from the Emirates FA Cup second round replay

19 December 2017

League One Gillingham made the long trip north to face the Cumbrians in the Emirates FA Cup second round replay.

It was nip and tuck through the opening exchanges as both sides started at a high tempo, but defences were on top as things stayed tight.

United had work to do when O'Neill went on a run, having robbed the ball off Hope, but Liddle made a timely intervention when Wagstaff and Eaves came hunting for pieces.

But it was Carlisle who made the early inroads when Gary Liddle gambled on a loose touch deep inside the Gills half. It went his way and he did well to bring Devitt into play with a neat inside pass. The winger had the presence of mind to find Bennett, who fed a lovely touch to Hope, and the striker grabbed his eighth goal of the campaign with a drilled finish which took a deflection on its way into the back of the net.

The Gillingham response was almost immediate as Mark Byrne tried his luck directly from the kick off. Bonham had to scamper backwards but the ball landed on the roof of his net.

United had to be on their guard when visiting captain Lee Martin fizzed a beauty of a 20-yard free kick into the mix from wide. Liddle watched it all the way and he did well to nod it to safety over his own bar.

The away side tried to get forward at every opportunity but they were kept at arm's length by a very stubborn defence. Eaves won a corner with a deflected shot from distance, as he tried to make things happen, but the touch from Grainger meant it was always bending wide.

Sean Clare was another who had an effort from distance dampened down by a good block, and the same man went into the book when he went down too easily under a challenge from Liddle moments later.

Grainger thumped a 25-yard free kick wide at the other end, as United continued to look comfortable, but there was an inswinging corner from Martin to deal with which pinged worryingly around the edge of the six-yard box. Hill stood strong and hooked it away.

Set piece specialist Lee Martin tested Bonham with a dipping attempt when he clipped a long range free kick at the top corner. The stopper jumped high to tip it behind.

Good work from Hope at the other end gave him room to work and he rolled the ball low for Brown to cross. Bennett stretched a leg, but he couldn't quite get there, and Liddle slashed the resulting corner high onto the roof of the Warwick when he attempted to guide his volley at the target.

The Blues were almost undone on 35 minutes when O'Neill made it behind the back line to cut the ball into the mix. Liddle was at his best yet again to make a vital last ditch clearance. The corner caused more anguish as Lacey jumped highest to nod it down. Grainger leaped across to clear the ball off the line and Jones completed the clearance.

Carlisle doubled their lead with the next attack of the game when Lambe somehow twisted his way out of a double challenge. He put Bennett into the box and the forward set a rasping cross on a plate for Hope to score his second of the game from close range.

Another eye-catching move brought Devitt into a shooting position, but he couldn't keep his first time volley down and it went high and wide. 

Carlisle were almost gifted a third goal within seconds of the restart when Lacey struggled to deal with an awkwardly bouncing ball. He tried to guide it back to Holy but Bennett came sniffing as he tried to make it his own. Holy spread himself and smothered the loose pieces.

But it was Gillingham who dealt the early blow when Parker made the most of a hopeful ball forward. Scott Wagstaff was in acres of space and he left Bonham with no chance as he found the top corner with a bullet of a shot.

The dangerous Lee Martin arrowed a delivery at the near post for Parker to attack as Gillingham started to push forward more, but Bonham judged the angles well as he plucked it out of the sky.

United were under pressure again when another Martin free kick was headed by Eaves. It took two touches before Bonham was able to sprint off his line and bring it under his control. Liddle, Hill and Grainger were in the way of more thunderbolts, as the visitors went in search of a second goal, and Hill stood his ground to deal with a Parker cross as a host of red shirts circled.

The Carlisle nerves started to settle and an exchange of passes between Devitt and Lambe left the former with room for a shot. He connected well but it was straight at Holy.

United created another excellent opening when Lambe won the contest for a bouncing ball in the Gillingham half. Miller took it on, and he played it inside for Jones to shoot. The midfielder went for power but he couldn't direct it at the nets.

The game ebbed and flowed and Wagstaff missed the chance to double his tally for the day when he cut his run short to meet a pull back from O'Neill. He had time on his hands and was disappointed to poke a poor shot at Bonham.

Bonham was suddenly the busier of the keepers and he had to parry a shot from Clare as he ripped it in from a tight space. Carlisle were on the counter from the clearance and neat passes put Hope face-to-face with Ehmer. He dropped a shoulder and was denied his third when his effort skipped off the surface and struck the base of the post.

Eaves nodded a floated free kick wide late in the day, when he was picked out from the half way line, and Bonham had to save low from Parker when Gillingham broke at pace as a United attack fell down.

Hope smashed a late shot just wide in time added on, but it was substitute Shaun Miller who sealed the progression to the third round of this season's competition, and a home tie against Sheffield Wednesday, when he finished off another great move.

Lambe provided the gun, Bennett the bullet, and Miller took the shot which ended the game as a contest.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Hope (7, 37), S Miller (90)

Gillingham - Wagstaff (47)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Liddle (73), Lambe (86), T Miller (90)

Gillingham - Clare (28), Byrne (57), Parker (61), Ehmer (77), O'Neill (90)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown (S Miller 61), Liddle, Hill, Parkes, Grainger (T Miller 90), Lambe, Jones, Devitt (O'Sullivan 90), Hope, Bennett. Subs - Nabi, Cosgrove, Ellis, Rigg.

Gillingham - Holy, O'Neill, Lacey (Gamston 64), Ehmer, Wagstaff, Eaves, Martin, Parker, Nugent, Clare (List 81), Byrne (Wilkinson 85). Subs - Nelson, Zakuani, Hessenthaler, Cundle.

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Referee - Mark Heywood

Attendance - 2,357 (88 away fans)

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FA CUP: Second round replay details

Details for the FA Cup second round replay against Gillingham at Brunton Park

18 December 2017

Carlisle United v Gillingham, FA Cup Second Round Replay, Tuesday 19 December, kick off 7.45pm

Prices

Adult  £15
Senior 65+ £10
Under 18 £10
Under 12* £5
Child Under 7* FOC
W/Chair & Carer £4

* U12s and U7s must be accompanied by an adult, senior or U18. 

Tickets are on sale now from the ticket office in the Pioneer Stand. The main ticket office is open 10am - 5pm Monday - Friday. 

Season Ticket Holder seats will be reserved until 5pm on Monday 18 December. Season Tickets must be shown at the time of purchase. 

Tickets purchased for the postponed game on Tuesday 12 December WILL BE VALID for the rearranged fixture. Fans who can't make the rearranged fixture can get a refund by returning their ticket to the main ticket office before kick off on Tuesday 19 December. 

Hospitalty

Hospitality is available in Foxy's Restaurant for the second round replay. 

2-course (main and dessert) or 3-course carvery meal includes: 

- Waitress service for food and drinks
- Refreshments at full time
- Match tickets for the main stand or guests’ preferred area of the ground
- Team sheet and programme
- Match day competitions

2-course meal - £40pp
3-course meal - £45pp

If guests would like to organise their own tickets or upgrade, the cost without the ticket element will be £25pp/£30pp

Match day sponsorship packages are also available from £55pp.

Includes all of the above hospitality package plus:

- Recognition in the match day programme
- Memento of the day presented in Foxy’s by a player before the game
- Guests will get to go on the pitch at kick off and feature in the line-up photo with captains and officials
- Recognition on the official team sheet, over the tannoy system and on official social media channels.

Contact Katie in our commercial department to book or find out more on 01228 554 155 or commercial@carlisleunited.co.uk

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