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Harry Redknapp turns 66 tomorrow and as he prepares to bring QPR to Saints - he says getting some stick from fans of the club he left to manage Portsmouth, will be a great way to spend his birthday.

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HALF TIME: Aldershot 0 - Gillingham 0

by Iain McBride

In a scrappy first half top-of-the-table Gillingham have been held by struggling Aldershot. The Gills relied on a long ball strategy for their attacks, but returning top scorer, Kedwell and strike partner, Burton were unable to break the deadlock, despite forcing 4 corners in the first 25 minutes.

For the Shots their best chance came from a shot by Danny Rose which was pushed away by Stuart Nelson. On the stroke of half time Kedwell had a great chance for the visitors but the ball was deflected wide.

Aldershot are unbeaten since new boss Andy Scott took over last month, while the Gills have set a new club record for away wins this season with eleven victories so far. If they don't lose today it will be their best away run for nearly forty years.

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by Sarah Gomme
Harry Redknapp Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp turns 66 today and as he prepares to bring QPR to Saints he says getting some stick from fans of the club he left to manage Portsmouth, will be a great way to spend his birthday.

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino celebrates his birthday too. He'll be 41 and has urged his fans to create a positive atmosphere at St Mary's.

Meanwhile Reading midfielder Hope Akpan travels back to Everton - the club where he began his career at the age of eight. He says he's excited to be going back to Goodison, but ultimately just wants to win three points for the Royals.

Andrea Orlandi Credit: PA

Brighton's Spanish stars Andrea Orlandi and Inigo Calderon say they've been inspired by a trip to Wembley last weekend where they watched Swansea win the League Cup.

Orlandi says he hopes the Seagulls can emulate the success of his former club which saw the Swans promoted to the Premier League.

Teammate Calderon says the mood is good ahead of today's game against Huddersfield as the Albion look to strengthen their hold on a play off place.

Swindon Town have officially unveiled their new manager ahead of their match at Coventry.

A former caretaker boss at Leicester and Aston Villa, 52 year old Kevin MacDonald takes up his first permanent managerial job. He says the offer to take the reigns at the County Ground was one he couldn't refuse.

And Swindon's League One rivals Bournemouth look to recover from a run of defeats at Leyton Orient today.

Portsmouth and Crawley are both away. While in League Two Oxford host Port Vale.

Gillingham can put Tuesday's defeat to Oxford behind them with a win at Aldershot. The Gills remain two points clear at the top and boast the best away record in the division.