Gills manager Justin Edinburgh felt his side deserved at least a point from today's game against Southend United

Gillingham Manager Justin Edinburgh felt his side deserved a point, and maybe all three, in today's 1-1 draw with Southend United at Roots Hall.

A first half goal from Anthony Wordsworth put Southend ahead, but Luke Norris finished neatly from a Brennan Dickenson cross, equalising in front of the travelling 1,923 Gillingham fans after the break to earn his side share of the spoils.

Edinburgh thought his Gillingham team were good value for the point in an absorbing, end-to-end encounter, saying: “I thought we thoroughly deserved the point if not all three. It was a keenly competed derby, fairly contested, and a good spectacle of a game.

“When you start as well as we did and dominate, the only thing missing is the goal. I thought we had a bit of a rocky spell for five or ten minutes [after the Southend goal], but after that we regained our composure, finished the first half very well, and dominated the second.

“The games are running down but it was certainly a very good performance and a really good point.”

Asked about the Gillingham goal, Edinburgh lauded the build-up play and finish, stating: “It was really nice to score off one of Brennan’s [Dickenson] crosses. It was a great ball in, a great run and they executed it very well”

Finally, the efforts of the 1,923 were not unnoticed by the Gillingham squad with Edinburgh praising them for their unequivocal backing.

“[We had] fantastic support - it was like a home game. They tried their best to suck one in at the end, nut unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”