Gillingham boss sends out a warning to Portsmouth 

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Steve Lovell has insisted his side will go for Pompey’s jugular.

The Gillingham boss is adamant the visitors will play with no fear against the League One leaders at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell. Picture: Sharon Lucey

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell. Picture: Sharon Lucey

The struggling Gills sit in the relegation zone and are without a victory since August 11. 

They face a Blues side three points clear at the summit of the division and unbeaten in their opening 11 matches. 

With that in mind, Lovell could be tempted to set up for a draw against Kenny Jackett’s side.

However, the Gillingham manager vowed his troops won’t park the bus. 

Lovell told Kent Live: ‘Saturday is a good opportunity to take the game to them and have a go.

‘Hopefully defensively we will be able to hold out and then create a few more chances ourselves.

‘I will never go anywhere just to defend, it doesn't matter who it is, that is just me.

‘You might defend all the way through and have a couple of opportunities to score but I think you have to have a go at teams.

‘That is the way I want to play and that is the way I have always played.

‘I have never gone out and thought, “right this is a 0-0”, because that very rarely happens.’

Despite going into the trip to Pompey without a win for the best part of two months, Lovell is relishing the clash. 

His side battled from a goal down at half-time to triumph 3-1 in last season’s Fratton Park meeting.

Lovell is taking heart from that victory and believes Gillingham will get a result against the Blues if they deliver a repeat performance.

He added: ‘It doesn't come any bigger does it?

‘They are top of the league and we're going to a great ground with a great crowd.

‘It is a great place to go and play and our players will be looking forward to it, I'm sure.

‘If we can perform like we did last season there then we will quite likely to get a result.’

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