Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler had demanded a reaction from his players ahead of the game against Crewe.

Hessenthaler was unhappy with his squad after the FA Cup defeat to non-league minnows Dover and threatened to place them all on the transfer list as punishment.

The Gills boss has used the loan market to bring in a fresh face in an attempt to improve performances on the pitch. Callum Kennedy has joined on-loan from Swindon and is likely to make his debut in defence against Dario Gradi's men.

John Nutter is suspended following his red card against Dover while Nicky Southall should keep his place in midfield.

Mark Bentley has been ruled out for up to a month with a broken foot he sustained in training, while Matt Lawrence picked up an injury against Dover and is unlikely to feature.

Crewe chief Dario Gradi could make changes.

Gradi made four changes against Carlisle as his team slipped to a fourth successive defeat in all competitions in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy in midweek.

Midfielder Lee Bell is likely to be one of those recalled after he was rested at Brunton Park.

Shaun Miller could come back into the side should the striker recover from a hamstring injury.

David Artell was another rested on Tuesday night and he is also likely to be restored to the starting line-up. However, fellow defender Mat Mitchell-King is unlikely to feature as he has an ankle problem.

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