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21 August 2015

Boss assesses Kent assignment.

  • “We have to try and control the game” – Caldwell.
  • Boss expecting tough game with Justin Edinburgh’s early season high-flyers.
  • Confident and physical Gills are very capable.
Gary Caldwell says his side are in for a tough game on Saturday when they make one of their longest trips of the campaign to face Gillingham in Sky Bet League One.

Justin Edinburgh’s side hammered Sheffield United 4-0 on the opening day of the campaign at the Priestfield Stadium before good results in three consecutive away games, including a Capital One Cup with at Plymouth, victory at Bradford City and draw with Port Vale, have lifted the Kent outfit into the automatic promotion spots.

And Caldwell, who took in the Gills’ 1-1 draw at Vale Park last week, says his side will have to look to take the initiative.

“I went to Port Vale last Saturday to watch them and they’re a good side,” Caldwell explained. “They’ve had a good start, they’re playing with confidence and they’re physical.

“I played at their stadium many years ago for Coventry City and it’s a tight ground with quite a big atmosphere so we have to be ready for that and try and control the game.”

But Caldwell’s side will go to Kent full of confidence after Wednesday night’s superb 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.

“There’s a long way to go, it was one result, there is a lot of football to be played and there is also a lot of improvement we can get from the group of players, this is only the beginning,” the former Scotland international continued.

“As a group we have to enjoy that victory, though, and the feeling of the supporters but we go again and prepare well for our next game.”

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