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Gillingham fans have last laugh with cheeky chant at Ivan Toney following his goal celebration

Gillingham fans have the last laugh with a cheeky chant aimed at Ivan Toney following his goal celebration in the Carabao Cup upset.

The League Two outfit dumped Premier League side Brentford out of the competition 6-5 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in west London.

The Gills were 77 places below the Bees going into the game; Mikkel Damsgaard missed the crucial spot kick in sudden death, leading to jubilant wild scenes in the away end.

Danish international Mikkel Damsgaard missed the spot kick in sudden death – just a day after being called up to Denmark’s World Cup squad – after both sides had a 100 per cent record in the shoot-out.

The game, which was delayed by 20 minutes after Gillingham got stuck in traffic and had to walk the final 10 minutes of their journey, saw Brentford’s Ivan Toney score his ninth goal of the season just three minutes in.

But Gillingham got one back with their first shot on goal in the 75th minute through substitute Michael Mandron – to take the game to penalties.

The result saw Gillingham go through into the last 16 ahead of this Thursday’s draw, live on Sky Sports after Manchester United’s tie at home to Aston Villa.

With 45 minutes until the match was due to get underway, kick-off was delayed by 20 minutes due to Gillingham’s coach being held up in traffic and visiting manager Neil Harris revealed his squad had spent most of the afternoon on the team bus and needed to prepare tactics on the bus.

“We had to walk here, we had to climb over barriers and help each other get over fences,” said Harris. “We got to about a quarter of a mile from Chiswick Roundabout and we got stuck. Fortunately, we had a tactics board on the bus.

“But we couldn’t move and they couldn’t get a police escort to us. So we got in touch with the officials and decided to walk – probably about a 10-minute walk. And we had to leave two hours early this morning because of protestors. It’s been a bit of a carnage day.”

Gillingham manager Neil Harris felt his side had already exceeded expectations before beating Brentford on penalties.

His side defended for their lives in the latter stages, Toney missed a great chance with only the keeper to beat, as the match ended 1-1. Harris’ side completed a third shootout success of the season, scoring every one of their spot-kicks to win 6-5 on penalties.

“We haven’t missed one yet!” said Harris, having beaten Exeter City 6-5 on penalties in the Carabao Cup second round and bettering Colchester 5-4 in the Papa John’s Trophy.

“We do work on other stuff, not just penalties, although it might now always look like it!

“I said to the players before the shootout, we have achieved already, getting to 90 minutes with a draw, coming from behind against a talented manager and a really good side, we felt we had achieved already.

“I just said to the lads, ‘let’s just enjoy it, absolutely no pressure’, I sat there and enjoyed the penalty shootout, for one of the first times ever, and credit to my players. Credit to them for the whole game, the character and fight, the doggedness, resolve and diligence in the preparation then their composure when needed as well.

“We knew it would be a challenge, we are not in great form, playing away from home against a free-scoring side, we knew we would have to find ways.”

“Ivan Toney doesn’t miss many from eight or nine yards but we knew we had a bit of good fortune there as well,” said the Gills boss, recalling the striker’s effort that went narrowly wide with just the keeper to beat.

“We had one real moment of quality (with the goal). My disappointment is that we didn’t handle the ball well enough on transition, when we had the players to hurt them on the counter-attack, and the goal conceded was disappointing, but other than that the players were excellent.”

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Thomas Frank expressed his frustration after Brentford’s Carabao Cup exit on Tuesday night.

“Congratulations to Gillingham,” Frank begun, “they took their chance well in the second half and they were spotless in the penalty shootout.

“We could see how much it meant to their fans – they celebrated hugely – so big congratulations to them.

“It’s always disappointing to lose, but if it has to happen then at least it’s to a good colleague and a good friend of mine [Neil Harris].

“This is cup football. It happens, but we’re disappointed.”

There was another upset on the night with League One side Lincoln City winning 3-1 at league above Bristol City.

The Imps responded to their shock FA Cup exit with a stunning victory to knock Championship side Bristol City out of the Carabao Cup.

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Matty Virtue found the net in the sixth minute with a fine strike to give the away side a boost after their defeat at non league Chippenham on Saturday.

Ben House doubled the lead by ‘robbing’ Joe Low and running into the area to lob Bristol City’s debutant keeper Stefan Bajic.

Paudie O’Connor’s header confirmed the win before Tommy Conway’s consolation.

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol:

“We had players who basically copped out. We don’t really have a competitive squad in the way we hoped we had, and that’s a big disappointment.

“We’ve clearly got players who are not showing enough moral fibre. I take responsibility – it’s my team.

“It’s not good but we’ll have to deal with it. We need a response on Saturday [at home to Watford].”

Lincoln manager Mark Kennedy told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

“We were excellent out of possession, really tough to break down. It’s not backs-to-the-wall – there’s a real structure to it.

“We were very good in transitions and in the first 25 minutes we were excellent on the ball. The all-round performance was a big plus.

“Saturday was a bitter blow for everybody so I would hope that everyone’s feeling a bit perkier tonight.”

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Twitter users reacted as Gillingham fans have last laugh with a cheeky chant aimed at Ivan Toney following his goal celebration…

@CambridgeGills: Having experienced a few wins following #Gills away I can imagine the kind of bedlam that kicked off when that ball hit that crossbar. Brilliant result – well played 💙💙💙

@MikeM1987Gills: 5.5 hours sleep then back up for work, sore throat but absolutely buzzing!! GILLLLLLLLSSSSS!!!! #Gills

@MaxLewis070: Only just getting in at 2:30am after leaving at 4pm but these are the days we live for as lower league football fans. What a day. What a game. Up the Gills. Bring on Wembley #gills @TheGillsFC

@Beanhead1411: we need a song about Harris and that f***ing tactics board – he bloody loves it!!! #gills #gfc

@ShaneDeville86:
What a memorable evening!! Abandoned the coach in traffic to walk the short distance to the stadium only to arrive before the Gills players.
Kick off delayed.
Conceded a goal in the first three minutes.
75th minute equaliser with first shot!
Penalty shootout victory!!
#Gills

@rachaelsasha: My son tortures my grandkids by taking them to @TheGillsFC matches, i’m gutted they couldn’t go to this cup game as its a school night. We live for moments like this. #Gills

@moodyblue2: Just back from Brentford, what a night! Some excellent performances out there and what a cross by MacDonald for Mandron’s goal! #Gills

@tomjasper89: Tonight was modelled on Gills teams of old – not a lot of quality but we dug in, battled and showed tons of spirit. Let’s hope we take this as a real confidence boost going forward and look forward to the next round! #Gills

@OwenLDBR: Feared the worst after that start but we defended very well which hasn’t been our biggest issue this season but against a front three like that we did brilliantly. Mandron needs to take that goal and make it a regular thing, beautiful header. Get upppp #Gills

@TheME7Podcast: WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?! GILLS DEFY THE ODDS AND KNOCK OUT PREMIER LEAGUE BRENTFORD ON PENALTIES!! The fans have endured some tough watches over the last two years and we deserve a night like this! GET IN THERE!! #Gills

@CustodianEnsto1: Good on @TheGillsFC, played a great lower-league cup upset! Bees not at the races. To be in the away-end on cup upsets like this, almost makes me yearn for the days we hoped for a good cup draw and maybe (just maybe) a cup upset ourselves! Enjoy it Gillingham. #Gills #BREGIL

@jasongutteridge: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO FUCKING WAY #GILLS

@horne1995: Seriously how the fuck did we do that #Gills

@Naylor94: We might get relegated this season but at least we’re winning the League Cup on penalties #Gills

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