Gills boss Justin Edinburgh talks to the media following the 1-0 defeat to Barnsley

Justin Edinburgh admitted it was a frustrating afternoon for his Gillingham side as Barnsley secured a narrow 1-0 win at MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.

George Waring’s second half goal proved decisive with the visitors unable to find a way back into the game, despite a brilliant chance in the dying moments when goalkeeper Adam Davies made a great block to deny Jermaine McGlashan an equaliser.

Following the game Justin said: “I think we had too many players who perhaps hadn’t performed at the level they have, certainly in the time I have been here.

“But in terms of the game I didn’t feel either team was going to win it, the game was played in difficult conditions and very treacherous under foot and we are a bit disappointed with the goal we conceded.

“It’s a frustrating afternoon but if you’re not going to win then certainly don’t lose because they hurt more than anything because you can’t really say that Barnsley deserved to win the game in terms of the way they played or chances created.

“Both teams found it difficult and it looked like it would fade out to be a draw.”

Edinburgh conceded the game wasn’t the prettiest and his side found it tough to build the necessary momentum to force a goal.

He added: “We said at half time that it wasn’t going to be pretty and we had to see it through and perhaps we were going to be a bit different in how we wanted to play and be a bit more ugly.

“It was very congested; Barnsley came with five men in midfield and made it difficult for us to get any momentum. If we wasn’t going to win it then we certainly didn’t want to lose it through a mistake or lack of concentration, which has been the reason why we lost the game.”