Gillingham are aiming to become the first team to win away at the spanking new Amex Stadium tonight, with the Kent side taking on Brighton in the first round of the Carling Cup.
While two leagues separating thw two teams, and the Gills having exited at the first round stage in four of the last five seasons of the Carling Cup, Andy Hessenthaler believes his side can pull off a
shock win, after coming off a morale-boosting 1-0 defeat over Cheltenham Town on the weekend.
The manager said: “It should be a good entertaining game because they’re a football team and we’ve got players who want to get the ball down and play.
“It’s a big game for us. It’s going to be great for our boys in a new stadium. We had them watched on Saturday so we’ll know all about them.”
Hessenthaler believes that with the pressure firmly placed on Brighton to make their mark in their new stadium and the Npower Championship, Gillingham will be able to play freely and keep a winning spirit within the team.
He added: “The pressure’s on them, they’re in the Championship now and I’m looking forward to the game. We’re taking it very seriously, we won [on Saturday] and I want to go and win on Tuesday to keep the momentum going.
“We could rotate. That’s the position we’re in with players, especially in midfield areas and perhaps in full-back areas we’ve got an opportunity to do that.”
Brighton will be without Will Hoskins for the match, as he is having a hip problem assessed, as well as Craig Mackail-Smith, who is away on international duty with Scotland.
Luke Rooney, meanwhile, will not feature for Gillingham after being sent off against Cheltenham, and Dennis Oli will miss the match after contracting a virus.