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Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh is adamant he will turn results around after an FA Cup draw with Brackley Town

By Luke Cawdell

I’m no quitter, insists under-fire Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh.

There were calls from fans for him to go after a 2-2 FA Cup draw with non-league Brackley extended their winless run to nine games.

But Edinburgh insists he won’t shy away from the challenge.

Justin Edinburgh Picture Barry Goodwin

Justin Edinburgh Picture: Barry Goodwin

He said: “I understand those who doubt but I have never walked away from a challenge in my life and never will.

“I am sure a lot of those people in their jobs don’t always produce and I am sure they don’t get people screaming at them and standing over them.

“That is fine, it is not a worry, as long as it stays with me and not vents onto the pitch, I can deal with it.”

The Gills were two goals down against a team three divisions below them but a Frank Nouble double before half time got the scores back to 2-2.

That’s how it stayed and the teams will meet again in a replay on week commencing November 14.

Report from Priestfield: Gillingham 2 Brackley Town 2

Edinburgh was a target for fans’ frustration at the end of Saturday’s cup tie, with chants of “out, out, out.”

“I fully understand it, totally 100%,” said the manager.

“It’s not a problem, as long as it’s aimed at myself and not the players, which it wasn’t.

“During the game the supporters were fantastic, it could have been easy to go quiet at 2-0 down but the goal came around quickly and it lifted everyone again.

“We are here for a reason, me more than anyone, I want to be successful and I want to do what we were doing last season, which was winning football matches.

“I understand everyone’s frustration, it lies with me, I accept that, no worries.

“I have been in this job a long time now and I accept that fully. We will move on and I have no doubt that it will be even more sweeter when we turn this run around.”

 

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