Gills boss delighted with his players after hard fought 0-0 draw against Bristol City at Ashton Gate
Justin Edinburgh said every one of his players deserved credit after a hard earned 0-0 draw against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
The hosts had the better chances but were unable to find a way past Stuart Nelson, while Bradley Dack had a goal disallowed for offside late on.
The Manager said although at times his players had to dig deep, he felt it was a fine team display.
He said: “I thought it was an excellent team performance; it was backs against the wall at times but you’ll expect that coming to the league leaders and I thought every man was fantastic and played for the team.
“I thought we matched them first half but they are not at the top for no reason, that’s not by luck or chance – they are a consistent high performing team and we flagged a bit second half but we put in some blocks and challenges and hit them once or twice on the counter attack.
“It was an extremely pleasing clean sheet and obviously a valuable point.
“We knew what we would have to come and do to achieve a result and we certainly did that.”
Edinburgh was asked what he made of the performances from new signing Ollie Muldoon and Aaron Morris.
He replied: “Ollie joined us on Thursday and made his debut at Ashton Gate against the league leaders and I thought he was very good in the first half. I thought he would be very pleased with his debut.
“Aaron Morris got stronger as the game went on and I thought he was pivotal in that deep lying midfield role.”
One player not included was Jake Hessenthaler and Justin explained why:
“Jake went down with illness last night,” he said. “He’s got tonsillitis and his throat was closed up so we travelled down today, we didn’t want to risk bringing him on the coach in case it spread around the group.”