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16 April 2016

With the club's promotion chances still in our own hands, Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh urged fans to remain positive after Saturday's 0-2 defeat against Port Vale at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

First half goals from AJ Leitch-Smith and Carl Dickinson condemned the Gills to a second successive home defeat, despite a brave second half with the home team throwing everything at the Vale goal.

The Gills remain in sixth position in Sky Bet League One with just four games to play, and while Edinburgh was upset, he remains upbeat.

“Again, we’ve thrown everything that we’re capable of doing [at Port Vale],” he said. “It’s not run for us. We don’t like losing, but we still have our own destiny in our own hands.

“We’re hugely disappointed and I know the crowd were too, and I understand their frustration. I know they’re hurting, but we are too.

“We’re disappointed with the two goals we’ve given away. John [Egan] has lost his footing at a crucial time [for Vale's first], the boy’s got away from him and dispatched his goal”

The Gillingham boss admitted that it was getting to the crux of the season, but refuted that the pressure was getting to his players.

He added: “It’s getting critical, it’s getting nerve-wracking, it’s at the business end and it’s about holding your nerve. We’re having a little bit of a slump but we have done is give ourselves a chance to be in sixth position.

“Whoever deals with that pressure the best will be the ones that finish higher in the division. It’s a case of keeping our nerve and remaining positive.”

Finally, Edinburgh discussed the facial injury that Deji Oshilaja picked up when kicked in the face in the first half, one that is likely to keep him out of Tuesday's game at Rochdale.

The manager felt that the referee had made an error, saying: “It’s quite clearly a penalty. Anywhere else on the pitch it would have a yellow card and a free-kick.


“It’s dangerous play”, the manager continued, “and the defender’s boot is above his shoulder. He’s [Oshilaja] burst a vein in his eyelid so we can’t drain that because that would cause further bleeding.”

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