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EDINBURGH: "I HURT FOR THE PLAYERS"

15 October 2016

Gills manager Justin Edinburgh spoke to the press after his team's 2-1 defeat at Bristol rovers on Saturday

Gills manager Justin Edinburgh said he hurt for his players after Saturday's last-minute defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

Captain Josh Wright's goal after 62 minutes looked like giving the visitors all three points, but following Chris Lines's equaliser, Ellis Harrison fired home at the back post in stoppage time to earn Rovers the victory.

Edinburgh on...the performance: "I hurt for the players. In terms of effort, commitment and their performance, they gave me everything. If they continue to give me that, and show courage and energy, then we’ll turn things around. I thought there was one team who were going to win it [after 80 minutes], and I also thought we galvanised ourselves after their goal. We were worthy of a draw, at least.

"We got caught wrong side for their first, even though the shape was good. For their second, sometimes you get away with those chances, but right now we’re not. 

Edinburgh on...results: "We’ve got to work through it. It becomes psychological; the last few games we’ve led and not been able to get the result. We’ve got to overcome that, because physically they’re putting their bodies on the line for one another. Perhaps we just need that little bit more attention to see games out. 

"This run is becoming difficult, but with that type of performance, the results will come sooner rather than later. I think we shrunk a little bit against Oldham in the second half last week, but if I get that commitment from the players [that I saw today], I'll stand here and defend them to the end.

"We’re not collecting enough points from winning positions."

Edinburgh on...Cody McDonald's injury: "He took a whack to the eye, his eye closed up and he couldn't see out of it. We'll have to see how quickly the swelling goes down. There was no concussion, he just couldn't open it."



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