Gillingham manager praises Rory Donnelly after his superb goal earned the Gills a draw against Swindon
Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh was delighted for Rory Donnelly after his superb goal earned the Gills a draw against Swindon Town at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Donnelly curled the ball brilliantly into the top left corner after a Ryan Jackson cut-back, to cancel out Michael Doughty's penalty put the visitors ahead shortly after half-time.
Edinburgh was delighted that the striker’s attitude for the game was rewarded, and pointed to his team’s “character” to get back into the game as a real bonus for the Gills.
Edinburgh on…Rory Donnelly: “I’m pleased for Rory, as he perhaps lost a bit of form towards the end of last season, but that goal will do him no harm – it was a sublime finish.
“From the day he walked in here, he’s been a fantastic member of the group, there’s no pulling him off the ceiling or picking him off the ground. He works tirelessly for his team, and in team games in training everybody would want him on their team.
“You work and try to find where these runs of goals come from – let’s hope it’s the start of another!”
Edinburgh on…a frustrating night for the Gills: “As a group we want, and sometimes expect, to win. We continued to probe and pass, it was very congested and it was difficult to find areas to open them up but we stuck to the task.
“Falling behind was the worst case scenario for us in the game, but the players found some real resolve. Again, to come from behind in the games has shown the real sense of character that is in the team.
“I don’t want it to be a habit that we’re going behind in games. It’s something that we need to address, but I certainly felt the goal was against the run of play.”
Edinburgh on…the injury situation: “Joe Quigley has done his ACL and he’s out for the season.
“It’s a real blow for the group to come in and hear that news, and it’s a real tough blow for Joe. We have to dust ourselves off and hope Joe gets on the road to recovery.
“It’s tough for the Chairman and the Club, as we don’t have unlimited resources. However, we’ll look to get a few bodies in, because what we’ve got come the end of the month is what we need to get us through to January.”
Gills 1-1 Swindon Town: match report