Gills boss reflects on Christmas period as club go second in League 1

Justin Edinburgh praised his players following a successful Christmas period which has seen the Gills win four consecutive matches to go second in Sky Bet League One.

Away victories over Millwall and Swindon were followed up with equally impressive results over Colchester and Bradford at Priestfield, and the Manager is delighted at the consistency his squad have shown.

He said: “They have a real togetherness and belief and it’s been a great Christmas period for us with four consecutive wins.

“We’ve showed a real consistency of late and we’ve been able to maintain that fluidity throughout the festive period.

“The Chairman sent me a text to let us know that the first milestone has been reached [the 50 point mark] but to do it as quickly as we have it’s a fantastic effort from everyone at the Football Club.”

Gills clinched their second clean sheet in the space of a week after defeating Bradford 3-0, and Edinburgh has been impressed with the way his side have managed games in recent weeks.

He added: “We spoke prior to the game about starting positively and aggressively and in the first 15-20 minutes we were very good, scored two good goals and it just set us up to be able to manage the game from there on in really.

“I felt we dealt with everything quite comfortably, we knew they would be strong from set pieces but we put our bodies on the line and kept successive clean sheets which we are proud of.

“We had to be physical and stand up to the task. On reflection I thought it was a fair result and we were well worthy of our 3-0 victory.”

One negative to come out of Saturday’s win was the injury Luke Norris picked up in stoppage time. He has only just returned from an ankle problem and the Manager is hopeful his condition is not as bad as first feared.

He said: “Fingers crossed because he’s worked tremendously hard to get himself back on the pitch. Hopefully it’s not as bad as we first feared.”