Gills manager speaks to the press following his side's 2-0 victory over West Brom's under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy
in Tuesday’s night’s Checkatrade Trophy fixture.West Brom’s under-21s 2-0 at The HawthornsJustin Edinburgh praised the mentality of his players after they deservedly beat
Although both sides were unable to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition, the Gills dominated play throughout, and claimed victory thanks to goals from Darren Oldaker and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas either side of half-time. The game also saw Edinburgh’s side keep their first clean sheet of the season.
“I thought the players’ attitude was first class tonight. We could have easily turned up and approached this game poorly, but they did everything asked of them. I thought it was a very accomplished performance, regardless of the opposition.Edinburgh on…the performance:
“It’s a good win and it’s pleasing we’ve managed to keep a clean sheet. It’s been far too long. I know we were expected to win here, but we always look for positives and there were many tonight.
“We’re happy with what we’ve got out of the game, it’s done us no harm whatsoever.”
“I was really pleased to see Brad Garmston back. He gave us good balance down the left side. He’s had two good weeks of training; we pencilled this game in for him, and although he could have done another 15 minutes [he played the first half], we didn’t want to push him back too quickly. Barring no setbacks, he’ll go into the squad for Saturday’s game against Northampton.Edinburgh on…first starts of the season for Bradley Garmston and loanee Baily Cargill:
“Baily was very good, he looked assured, solid and aggressive. He used the ball well and it was a good hour from him. I think he’s more advanced than Brad, so he comes into contention for Saturday.”
“It was a fantastic finish. I thought he was absolutely outstanding in the first half. He dictated play, his use of ball was excellent and he showed tenacity when he was off the ball. It was a well-deserved goal.”Edinburgh on Darren Oldaker’s stunning opener:
West Brom U21s 0-2 Gillingham: match report