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9 September 2016

The Gills manager spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's Bradford City game

Gills manager Justin Edinburgh spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's game against Bradford City at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

The full interview can be found on GillsPlayer; click here to watch and for information on how to subscribe.

Edinburgh on...home games: "What we have to realise – and I see this as a compliment, and a fresh challenge - is that teams don’t come to Gillingham expecting to win games anymore. I spoke with Chris Wilder, Sheffield United’s manager, after Sunday's game and he said he would have taken a point here. He set his team out to be hard to beat, and for the first time this season they went with five at the back. They wanted to block up the game, deny us space and stifle us. 

"I want to raise expectations, I want us to keep raising the bar, and we’ve done that since I took over. I have to deal with that, and I get that. I wouldn’t want us to be the underdogs every week. I want more than that, the players want more than that, and I’m sure every Gillingham fan is the same. That’s testament to the work we’ve done at the club over the past year-and-a-half. This is a mark of respect, teams coming here and asking us to break them down.

Edinburgh on...moving on from the Sheffield United defeat: "We had a really good chat with the players this week, and if we’re honest, we’re disappointed with our performance as much as the result on Sunday. If you get to a minute away from a draw, and with a number of players not producing the levels we’ve come to expect, that would have been a good point."

Edinburgh on...Bradford City: "They have started well, they’re a totally different team to what we’ve seen over the past couple of years. Their style of play has changed, they’re not as direct as they were and Stuart McCall has done a good job in the opening weeks of the season. It's another test for us."

"We’ve trained really well this week and we want to pick ourselves up and put in a better performance. I know we’ve not done enough defensively this season, but on the flip side we’ve scored goals, looked good going forward and played good football this season. It’s my job to make sure we get that balance right."

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