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Preview: Bristol City v Gillingham

Bristol City face Gillingham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final second leg this evening (7.45pm kick-off) holding a 4-2 advantage from the first leg.

All the key information on Bristol City's opponents in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final second leg this evening at Ashton Gate:

GILLINGHAM
The Gills have won their last two games, scoring three times against Oldham Athletic and Coventry City. They sit 17th in Sky Bet League One, four points clear of the relegation zone.

MANAGER
None - Peter Taylor was dismissed on New Year's Eve, days after City's 3-1 win league win at Priestfield. Former Gills boss and player Andy Hessenthaler is in caretaker charge, assisted by the trio Mark Patterson, Darren Hare and Steve Lovell.

STAR MAN
Cody McDonald – Striker who has previously spent two successful loan spells at Priestfield before making his move permanent in January 2013 from Coventry City. McDonald finished with an impressive 17 goals last season and has so far notched 12 times this term - including three against City.

OFFICIALS
Scott Graham will be the man in charge, assisted by Daniel Cook and Wade Norcott. The fourth official will be Oliver Langford.

TICKETS
It will also be pay on the night for City fans, with in excess of 6,500 tickets sold.

LAST TIME OUT
Gillingham 2-4 Bristol City. The first leg tie saw Matt Smith bag four goals to put City on course for a Wembley trip. Smith's goals including two terrific headers, a back-heel and a stunning half-volley. McDonald's brace kept the Gills in the tie.

LAST SEASON
League One: 17th in League One.
FA Cup: First round (lost to Brackley)
Capital One Cup: First round (lost to City)
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: First round (lost to Leyton Orient)

DID YOU KNOW?
As if you needed reminding, City will come up against Gillingham five times this season - once in the FA Cup, twice in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and twice in Sky Bet League. It's amazing that City escaped drawing the Gills in the Capital One Cup!

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