Gills boss eager to get back to winning ways following first defeat of the season
Justin Edinburgh has called on his side to respond quickly following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Colchester.
Gillingham’s unbeaten league run came to an end at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, and another away trip will follow this weekend when the squad travel to Oakwell to take on Barnsley.
Edinburgh says his players will be extra determined to take something from the game, although he is aware of the threat that will be put in front of them.
He said: “I think they will be one of many people’s favourites to gain automatic promotion or make the playoffs. It’s another yardstick for us; they have spent money on players and assembled a big squad.
“It’s always a tough game up there whenever I have played but it will be the first time I have taken a team to manage there. I expect a tough encounter but we will be fully focused and determined to get back on track.
“You never want to lose back to back games, it’s difficult with successive away games and it will be doubly difficult but we will be determined to get a result and build a foundation to get another run started.
“To be third in the league after eight games is a fantastic position to be in.”
Deji Oshilaja (knee) will play no part at the weekend as he continues to recover from injury, but the Manager was quick to praise Max Ehmer who has slotted in well alongside John Egan.
He added: “He is back on the training ground; we are hoping he will pick up full training next week. Fleetwood might be a bit too soon but hopefully for Oldham he will be in contention.
“Max has come in and done very well, he had to be patient and now he’s in the team he is flying but Deji was on top of his game and in a settled back line.”
You can watch Justin’s interview in full on PlayerHD.