Birthday boy Milner sees Villa avoid Cup upsetJames Milner
But victory at the Priestfield Stadium here on Sunday was anything but assured for Martin O'Neill's men.
In between Milner opening the scoring and netting a penalty 11 minutes from time, Villa - fourth in the Premier League and 74 places above Gillingham - were given a torrid time by their hosts from the fourth-tier League Two.
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Jackson was born in Kingston, Jamaica but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. drew Gillingham level in the 56th minute after a superb turn and shot left the Villa defence floundering.
"We knew it would be tough," O'Neill told ITV (1) See interactive TV.
(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV). . "It was very hard. I'm delighted we got through, delighted for the supporters and we went as strong as we possibly could.
"They (Gillingham) are very strong, they played very well and good luck to them this season."
Jackson said that his side had put up a good team performance.
"As a team we did very well but unfortunately we couldn't get the result. A bit of trickery Trickery
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Villa, who in common with all clubs in England's top two divisions were playing their first FA Cup tie of the season, went ahead in the 13th minute when they seized possession as an over-confident Gillingham paid the price for trying to play the ball out of defence.
Milner shrugged off Gills skipper Adam Miller Adam Wain Miller (born November 26, 1984, in Plano, Texas), is a right handed pitcher who is currently a top prospect in the Cleveland Indians organization. He started the 2006 season as a starting pitcher with the Double A Akron Aeros. , exchanged passes with Stiliyan Petrov Stiliyan Alyoshev Petrov-Stenly (sometimes incorrectly spelled 'Stilian') (Bulgarian: Стилиян Петров and then beat goalkeeper Simon Royce with a well-directed shot into the far corner from the edge of the box.
Jackson's pace, however, was a constant problem for the visitors' defence and only a last-ditch tackle by Zat Knight prevented him surging into the box.
But Gillingham continued to press forward and forced three successive corners, the last of which was gathered by Villa keeper Brad Friedel.
Villa, for all that they were struggling in the possession stakes, could have doubled their lead through Nathan Delfouneso shortly before half-time but the teenage striker volleyed wide from eight yards out.
However, the goal the south-east side had been threatening came shortly before the hour mark.
Jackson was quickest to latch into Gary Mulligan's flicked-on header and then sped past Knight before unleashing a fierce strike which gave Friedel no chance at all.
Tempers began to fray as tackles flew in and Gillingham looked just as likely to score on the counter-attack as Villa.
But the game turned again when Villa's Ashley Young was awarded a penalty after drawing a foul as he went across defender Miller inside the box.
Milner made no mistake with the 79th minute spot-kick, shooting low and hard past the diving Royce's right hand.