ROB PAGE won’t be the only centre-back out to impress tomorrow.
Gillingham will give his fellow former Sheffield United player Danny Cullip, freshly signed from QPR, his debut in the Priestfield meeting.
With his new club fourth from bottom of League I, the much-travelled 31-year-old is ready for a relegation scrap.
“Like most centre-halves I am no-nonsense and try to get the job done,” said the former Oxford, Fulham, Brentford, Brighton, Watford and Nottingham Forest player.
“I like to get into the faces of the opposition centre-forwards and make it an uncomfortable 90 minutes.
“We’re down at the bottom, and it’s not a nice place to be.
“But I enjoy these situations when everything is against you. Your backs are to the wall and you’ve got to put the tin helmets on and dig in.”
Cullip’s comments echoed those of Gills manager Mark Stimson as he looked back at last Saturday’s 4-0 mauling at Northampton and forward to his side’s bid to do the double over Town.
“I’m a big fighter. Situations like this do hurt me hard but I’ll come out fighting.
“I’ll stand up and be counted and I won’t shy away from anything.
“We’ve got two massive games at home now (Yeovil visit tomorrow week) and we know it is going to be difficult if those games don’t start as we planned.”
Stimson, who took over from former Town striker Ronnie Jepson ion November, added: “I knew it would be rocky but I didn’t think it would be as rocky as it has been.
“We have shifted some players out and brought some players in, who I thought would have done better, but that’s not yet been the case.
“All we can do is pick the players who I think are physically and mentally ready to do a job.
“There are still one or two players, unfortunately, who are not in the squad who can’t get their head around the situation.
“They find it difficult to speak to other players, but that’s part and parcel of it, and you hope that you still pick up results and stay where you want to be.
“That’s not really happening and we might have to shuffle one or two out on loan just to get the atmosphere right in the club, because that’s so important.”