Gills boss praises his playing staff on their attitude and application since he took over at Priestfield

Justin Edinburgh has praised his players for the way they have applied themselves since he took over as Manager.

Gillingham are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions and welcome Barnsley to Priestfield on Saturday, and the gaffer is keen to keep the run going as long as possible.

He said:  “The players are thoroughly enjoying training and playing at the moment and every game that comes around they are looking forward to and looking to continue this fantastic run – it’s a real joy to be a part of at the moment.

“I think we started slowly last week away from home but other than that I think they’ve been superb.

“We certainly have the right mix and there is no doubt there is quality in the team in terms of in possession of the ball. We have been working on a few things in the last couple of weeks of real intensity in our closing down and playing on the front foot with aggression, but controlled aggression and I’ve seen a difference in their mentality of working without the ball which is really pleasing.

“Any win is good but to be on a run that we are breeds confidence – what I always say though, stating the obvious, is that you don’t want to come off it because it’s hard to win football matches.

“We are going into the business end and that’s when you want to be putting good runs together, someone said to me last week its 21 consecutive games we had scored in now and we want to continue that.

“We are not one dimensional and that poses a real threat to the opposition.

“The crowd play a part in that, being here for two home games I feel at times they draw the ball to that end [Rainham]. The players feed off that and it works both ways – we need that to continue on Saturday and keep the fine run going.”