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EDINBURGH: “WE’RE STILL COMING TOGETHER”

19 August 2016

The Gills manager looks ahead to Saturday's Sky Bet League One game against Scunthorpe United

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh spoke to the media on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Scunthorpe United.

The Gills travel to Glanford Park this weekend to face the Iron, who have also won two and drawn one of their three Sky Bet League One fixtures to date.

Edinburgh on…the Gills’ unbeaten start this season: “It’s always good to get a good start, it certainly helped last season, and you don’t want to be chasing. If you can get on a run early, it gives you a good foundation.

“We’re concentrating on ourselves [and not other teams], and we have to be mindful that we’ve made 10 new signings, so we’re still gelling. We’ve done fantastically with our results and performances for a new group. We’re delighted with that, but we still feel we’re coming together.”

Edinburgh on…how the Sky Bet League One table stands: “We look at groups of games, but I always find the first 10 or 12 are difficult [to assess] because, there’s no real pattern. Bizarre results happen. I think once we complete the first quarter of a season, you have an idea [of where each team is at]. 


Edinburgh on…Saturday’s Scunthorpe United game: “I think we look better than we did last year, I think we look far greater in possession than last year, but we’re aware it’s going to be a tough game at Scunthorpe. We know that from our last two encounters there, but we look forward to it. 

“We have to be mindful that we’re bringing players in who haven’t had pre-seasons, bringing players back from injuries, so our approach for each game is to ensure we get the balance right.”

Edinburgh on…player selection and injuries: “Jamie [O’Hara] is the tricky one. He’s had no real football training [during pre-season]. That’s the difficult one for the weekend; he’s come in and done a few days’ training, he played 35 minutes on Tuesday and we’re mindful that we may look at leaving him on Saturday to give him minutes on Tuesday for the [Watford] cup game.

“[Bradley] Dacky’s training today, so hopefully he’ll come back into contention. When you’ve got that kind of quality at your disposal, you’re always tempted to throw them in. 

“Scott [Wagstaff] has been out training with Adam Roche our physio, doing running and functional direction work with the ball, which is encouraging.”

Related links
Scunthorpe United vs Gillingham: match preview
Scunthorpe United ticket details

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