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Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh reacts to their shock FA Cup defeat to Brackley Town


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Justin Edinburgh admitted he had nothing positive to take from Wednesday night’s FA Cup defeat.

The Gills conceded four goals against a team three divisions below them in the football pyramid.

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Gills boss Justin Edinburgh gives his talk before extra-time at Brackley Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gills boss Justin Edinburgh gives his talk before extra-time at Brackley Picture: Barry Goodwin

Edinburgh said: “Their win was fully justified and fully deserved but again we are creators of our own downfall.

“They scored quite easily, direct from a corner, a square back pass and they didn’t have to work hard for their goals. The turning point for me was probably the full-time whistle (as the Gills had come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2).

“We had another half hour to go on and win the game but we did the opposite and conceded two poor goals. It was poor.”

Report & comments: Brackley 4 Gillingham 3

The Gills, who drew 2-2 with Brackley at Priestfield in the first meeting, then conceded twice more in extra-time before Cody McDonald struck late on to make it 4-3.

Edinburgh said: “When you concede six goals against a team that are three leagues below you then you don’t deserve to go through the cup tie.

“I haven’t taken any positives from the game, none whatsoever.”

The defeat came after the Gills had built up some momentum, with wins and performances coming their way.

Asked if that had now been wiped out, he said: “After a result like this, yes, it’s hard not to.

“We are in on Thursday, we have to be prepared and ready to go to Walsall (on Saturday). We will have to see what character we have got within the group and myself.”

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