Appleton previews Gillingham FA Cup tie


Michael Appleton is expecting a tough test at Gillingham in the Emirates FA Cup second round on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a different type of game to probably what I’ve faced down at Gillingham in recent times with various teams," explained the Head Coach. "[Stephen Clemence] has tried to change the style of play; they’re a little bit more patient in their build-up.

"They still go direct at times, especially from the goalkeeper, but they certainly play a lot more in the opposition’s half and it’s a little bit more intricate with more passes," he added. "They’re not as big a threat from crossing areas as what we’ve seen in the past from Gillingham teams. From that point of view, it’s a different challenge from what it was the other night.”

The Addicks will be backed by 1,608 supporters in a sold-out away end at Priestfield Stadium.

“It’s going to be great," Appleton said. "They’re going to be cold aren’t they with that open-top stand behind the goal, so I hope they come fully prepared for it!

"With the numbers that are going to come, they’re going to get behind the players and that will give them a big boost going into the game to hopefully try and get us into the next round.”

Appleton provided an update on the condition of Miles Leaburn and Conor McGrandles following Tuesday's victory at home to Cheltenham Town.

“He had a scan yesterday and we’re hoping to get the full report at some point today," he revealed. We’ll maybe have some news tomorrow or at the start of next week in terms of the full extent of it.

“Conor seems to be fine, which is good because since coming back he’s in a real good vein of form."

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