Gills manager Justin Edinburgh spoke to the media following his side's 1-0 victory against MK Dons on Saturday
Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh was pleased to see his Gillingham side claim a 1-0 victory over MK Dons at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.
Stuart Nelson pulled off a brilliant penalty save in first-half stoppage time before Cody McDonald grabbed all three points for the Gills, heading home Bradley Dack’s cross.
Edinburgh spoke to the media about his delight with the ‘aggressive’ performance and the importance of maintaining Gillingham’s current momentum through the Christmas period.
Edinburgh on…a solid performance... “I thought it was a real all-round performance – everyone was aggressive and committed.
“I think we’ve had to defend very well and I thought the two centre halves were aggressive. They stood firm – the clean sheet is massive and it’s the first time we’ve won one nil this season.
“It was an accomplished performance. I thought we looked composed, we looked controlled. The crowd were fully behind the players today and that showed in the performance”
Edinburgh on…Stuart Nelson’s penalty save... “It’s a game-changing save – it’s not the first time. I’m pleased for him because Monday night was his 200th appearance and it wasn’t how he wanted it to go.
“Of late he [Nelson] has been the mainstay behind our calmness and us having a little bit of a revival.”
Edinburgh on…strong individual performance... “I thought [Bradley] Dack was effective today, making a lot of runs forward that we perhaps haven’t seen that much this season.
“We all know that Cody [McDonald] always finishes the season better than he starts. We’ve got to keep him fit and then we’re going to see a lot of goals from him.”
Edinburgh on…the Christmas period... “We’ve had some good performances of late – we’re starting to show some consistency and get some momentum at home.
“[The win has] reinvigorated the confidence that we had prior to the Bolton game.
“We’ve been able to pick the same side, we’ve got minutes in people, we’ve got everyone off the pitch with no injuries – that’s given us continuity and consistency.
“We want to give ourselves a chance come January to put ourselves in the top half of the table.”