Gills down after draw
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gillingham suffered last day heartbreak as they were relegated.Gillingham suffered last day heartbreak as they were relegated from The Championship after drawing 2-2 at Nottingham Forest - who were already doomed to League One next season.
The Gills looked set for safety after coming from behind to lead 2-1 with just five minutes left.
However, Forest substitute Eugen Bopp volleyed home to break the hearts of the away fans.
Wes Morgan had put Forest ahead in the first half before an Andy Melville own goal and a Mamady Sidibe strike gave Gillingham hope.
However, Bopp levelled and because Crewe beat Coventry and Brighton drew with Ipswich - the Kent side were relegated.
Forest started the brightest and had a couple of chances before Kris Commons crossed for Morgan to prod the ball home from close range.
Gillingham took their time to get into the game but they gradually worked their way into the match and levelled on the hour as Nicky Southall's cross was turned into his own net by Melville.
The Gills were now pressing the Forest goal and Darius Henderson missed a string of great chances to put his side ahead.
Gillingham then did go ahead with just 13 minutes left as Sidibe volleyed home after yet more good work down the right flank from Southall.
Forest were still trying and making sure they made a game of it and with five minutes left substitute Bopp levelled with his first touch of the ball as Jason Brown was lobbed from the edge of the area.
Still Gillingham could and should have saved themselves. Henderson looked to have scored when he broke clear and took the ball past Paul Gerrard but last ditch defending from Forest thwarted him.
Darren Byfield should then have won it in the final seconds but his close range effort was blocked.
The defeat means that Gillingham are relegated after a five-year stay in The Championship.