MARTIN Allen hailed new Gillingham signing Cody McDonald after he rescued a point for the League Two promotion hopefuls against York City.
The Kent side squandered their chance to leapfrog Port Vale into top spot after being held to a1-1 draw with the mid-table visitors.
McDonald netted in the 85th minute, cancelling out Charlie Lee’s 17th-minute own goal.
“Cody has looked sharp in training,” said Allen. “It was a great goal, he is a great lad and the agreement (between Gillingham and parent club Coventry) didn’t actually go through until Saturday morning. It was great to see him get out there and score.”
The Gills have accrued just two points from a possible 15 in their last five home fixtures.
Allen said: “When we all set out and left our homes we all wanted three points to go top of the league. I didn’t think we played that well.
“We played okay for the first 15 minutes and then going in at half time it wasn’t easy for our players, we had made a couple of errors and we are finding it just a little bit difficult here (at Priestfield) at the moment, but we’ve had a good chat amongst ourselves.
“It wasn’t a great first half but we played much, much better in the second half. From being 1-0 down it was good to get a point.”
Jacques Maghoma’s fourth-minute penalty proved enough for Burton to see off Barnet and maintain their play-off push, while Southend won by the same margin at Chesterfield, with Gavin Tomlin’s 83rd minute goal proving decisive. Defender Ian Sharps, on loan from Rotherham United, produced a man of the match performance on debut for the Brewers.
Fleetwood returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Oxford. Jamille Matt set the ball rolling in the eighth minute, before Ryan Crowther (58) and Jon Parkin (86) wrapped up a win which moves the hosts to within goal difference of the play-offs.
Goals inside the last nine minutes from Stewart Drummond and Ryan Williams gave Morecambe a 2-1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge which moves them further clear of the relegation zone. Luke Wilkinson had given the hosts a 61st-minute lead.
Plymouth and fellow strugglers Accrington could not produce a goal in their Devon clash, a result which does neither side any favours in their quest to stay in the Football League.