Gills manager talks to the press following his side's 3-0 victory over Rochdale at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh thought that Gillingham’s 3-0 victory against Rochdale at MEMS Priestfield Stadium was the perfect tonic heading into a two-week break.
Frank Nouble's deflected strike early in the second half gave the Gills the lead, before late strikes from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Mark Byrne secured all three points for the home side.
Edinburgh on…the win: "It was the perfect end to a scrappy performance, but I felt we just deserved to get that kind of scoreline sooner rather than later.
“We were up against a decent side in Rochdale, they made it really difficult for us to play. We knew it would be tough, we knew it would be tight.
“It was a dogged performance from everybody that took part today.”
Edinburgh on…a clean sheet: "I’m pleased for the whole team because it’s done as a collective. I’m pleased for Nels [Stuart Nelson] and the back four, and I think Scott Wagstaff has been excellent [at right-back].
“The partnership with Max [Ehmer] and Baily [Cargill] is looking promising. I’m pleased for Baily, because as frustrating as it was for us as a club [when he picked up an injury before joining on loan from AFC Bournemouth], it was worse for him.
“We look forward to him [Cargill] continuing here until January and I’m hopeful that we can maybe extend it through to the end of the season.”
Edinburgh on…the forthcoming two-week break between games: "It’s a nice period to condition the players again. That positive result will mean that it will be better for the players - nobody will be downbeat.
“Hopefully these couple of weeks will benefit us long term in terms of regrouping and conditioning, looking ahead to the busy Christmas period.
“What’s been a big plus is that we are now starting to get a consistent team with consistent performances and so the results will come.
“Three points off the play-offs, performances looking better - we are certainly heading in the right direction.”
Gillingham 3-0 Rochdale: match report