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Suddenly Gillingham may be going places, if anything can be sudden after a century wear cheap mercurial vapor. After two seasons sniffing at the League Two play-offs they have made a flying start with five wins out of six and are the only unbeaten side in the division, which they head by three points. At Priestfield on Saturday they flew out of the blocks – one up in five minutes, two in 15, three by half-time – before beating Bristol Rovers 4-0. Martin Allen, manager since July, is not one to hang about. His last job lasted three matches – mission accomplished. Mostly he rescues clubs, mostly Barnet, where he would gladly have stayed after last season. His average reign over nine years is 10 months. That would be just enough for stage one of Gillingham wear mercurial vapor 8 new ambition. It is 17 years since Paul Scally became chairman and saved them from liquidation. Their financial path has not been smooth since but they have also gone to the second tier, where they had five seasons and finished 11th in 2003. Having made his money in photocopiers, Scally would settle for more of the same. Maverick as his new manager, he has recently resolved to do away with AGMs. But the club appear to have stability on top of continuity and are enjoying some nice little earners from former players moving on: Matt Jarvis £1.4m from Wolves to West Ham, Ryan Bertrand £100,000 for every 10 games for Chelsea. And Allen sold Paulo Gazzaniga wear mercurial vapor 9 to Southampton for £750,000, possibly for sounding like an impostor. Allen replaced Andy Hessenthaler, club legend and now director of football, and Scally said on appointing him: "Hessy and I wanted somebody who could bring something different to the club." Allen has since asked Hessy to be his assistant. He also spun the revolving door, six of one and half a dozen of the other in and out, reuniting with players from Notts County (including his son Charlie), Barnet and Brentford (Deon Burton, last of Gabala in Azerbaijan), all of whom played a part in an emphatic display – which did not prevent Allen wear mercurial vapor superfly iii saying: "We've got to play better, do more, pass quicker against Southend on Tuesday. It can be difficult scoring so early. You can get complacent." Conceding early can be difficult, too. Rovers were impotent until Gillingham took their foot off The Gas after the interval. These Gills will have little chance of complacency for long. Allen said he took off Danny Kedwell "for giving the ball away on halfway". Kedwell had scored the first two, earning the penalty he converted, then heading home a long throw, his side's fifth in their last seven from that source and his sixth of the season. He and Ben Strevens provided thrust compared with Burton's silky touches wear nike mercurial vapor 8. Charlie Lee, at 5ft 9in, headed the third from a corner and later picked out Myles Weston, whose feints and pace caused all sorts of trouble, for Chris Whelpdale to head the fourth. Gillingham's central defenders, Adam Barrett and Callum Davies, attacking the ball early, have yet to be caught out for lack of height while the full-backs and midfield four showed in their interchanging fluidity the benefits of the club's swimming pool, ice baths and fitness coach, James Russell, brought from Notts County but a Gillingham fan from local childhood wear nike mercurial vapor 9. Allen was proud that "not one player's body fat percentage has gone up" since his arrival; nor has any suffered injury. When it was put to him that it was a coup to get David Wright, who played 20 league games for Crystal Palace last season, to come down on loan, Allen bridled: "What do you mean 'coming down'?" Intensity is high, atmosphere charged, commitment reflected in the 40 boxes delivered by furniture removers to Allen's new home there. "I haven't had time to find the kettle yet," he said, betraying the tiger's smile. As long as they are winning, all may be well. "Some young players took a step forward. It may be useful in March when we're getting promotion," he said. Issues remain in the air. Travellers have encroached on the training ground and talks continue on a move to a 20,000-seat complex in Chatham Docks wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii. The crowd was 4,768 on Saturday but topped 11,000 in the Championship. Gillingham, the county's only League club, could just become the Norwich or Ipswich of Kent.

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