Gills manager talks to the press ahead of Saturday's home fixture against Oldham Athletic
Gills manager Justin Edinburgh wants his players to continue their good home form in Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Oldham Athletic at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
The Gills have won two and drawn two of their opening five home league games this season, and take on the division’s bottom side in the 3pm kick-off. Tickets for the match are still available, and Gills season ticket holders can get TWO FREE tickets for the game.
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Edinburgh on…Saturday’s match: “It’s no different to our last game here, when we played Coventry, who were bottom of the league at the time. Everybody saw they’re not a bad side, and the following week they beat Port Vale, who were unbeaten in the league. Without being clever, this league is very, very open.
“In terms of our position and points from the top of the league, they're minimal. We’ve got a run of four home games out of the next six, starting tomorrow. We’ll try to continue the good form we’ve shown at home this season. I think we’ve done alright here and, if you take care of the performance, the result often comes with it. That’s what we’re looking to do tomorrow.”
Edinburgh on…recent results: “I have good dialogue with the players every day. They’re fully aware how frustrating things are at the minute because, if you look back at Tuesday night [against Millwall], it was a good performance. There were a lot of good individual performances, and as a collective. The effort and commitment are there, but the individual errors continued and that’s what’s costing us. We’re really being punished for that.
"They aren’t due to a lack of preparation; there’s no stone unturned here going into games. We watch the opposition two to three times [in advance], we put presentations together, we work on our strengths and their weaknesses. Are they [the errors] down to pressure? No, I don’t think so. Aiming to go better than season has raised the bar. That may create pressure within and what we put on ourselves, but we agreed that as a group when we set off at the start of the season. That’s still achievable."
Edinburgh on…team selection: “There is some good news. We had Cody McDonald, Scott Wagstaff, Bradley Dack and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas back training on Friday, so we’re hopeful of getting them in the squad. That’ll be a massive boost. We’ve received Frank Nouble’s international clearance, so he comes into contention. We didn’t pick up any injuries at Millwall, so things look healthier than they did going into the last couple of games.”
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