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EDINBURGH: “WE CAN DO BETTER”

4 September 2016

The Gills manager spoke to the press following his side's 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United on Sunday

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh was left to rue missed chances and poor decision-making as the Gills fell to a cruel, last-minute defeat to Sheffield United in front of the cameras on Sunday afternoon.

Bradley Dack scored a superb free-kick to give Gillingham the lead at half time, however the Blades fought back with goals from Kieron Freeman and Billy Sharp's stoppage-time penalty to take all three points.

Edinburgh commented to the press on what was a “frustrating” and “disappointing” afternoon, as Gills succumbed to their first home league defeat of the season. 

Edinburgh on…Gillingham’s performance: “We needed to make better decisions throughout the game, and we played right into their hands. We’ve only got ourselves to blame for it.

“It was a controlled performance, nothing spectacular. We played in the wrong areas, where it was congested, rather than out wide, and we just continued to come up short.

“I don’t think there were a lot of clear-cut chances and, if anything, I think we had the better chances. It was a great goal [from Bradley Dack] to take the lead, and from there I always felt we could nick another.” 


Edinburgh on…the goals conceded: “You can’t legislate for that incident and Josh [Pask] is absolutely distraught in there [for conceding a last-minute penalty]. It was a split second [decision] – you don’t know why you did it, it was an instinctive decision.

“In the build-up for the goals, we kept making bad decisions and turning over possession. We need to start being more ruthless in our own box to stop conceding.”

Edinburgh on…the upcoming week: “We’ve had a solid start without being spectacular – we’ve had a lot of personnel changes, a lot of injuries, a lot of games.

“We have to keep working hard to try and get some consistency. We’re doing alright, we can do better. 

“We know better than anybody else that it’s not about what you do over the first ten games, it’s about doing that over 46.”

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