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Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh reacts to the 1-0 win over Bury

Gillingham’s first away win in eight was a real boost for boss Justin Edinburgh.

The Gills backed up draws at Scunthorpe and Southend in recent weeks with a narrow win at Bury.

Edinburgh said: “Having not won away from home for a long period of time it was necessary to go there and get the victory.

Gills boss Justin Edinburgh salutes the away crowd at Bury Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gills boss Justin Edinburgh salutes the away crowd at Bury Picture: Barry Goodwin

“It has been far too long. We have probably played better and got nothing but games are running out now and it’s all about the points. Those were three real valuable ones.

“It was not the best footballing performance, but certainly in terms of battling and strength and character, we had that in abundance.

“It was a real tough encounter, not a lot of clear-cut chances, a lot of balls into both areas but we stood up to it and got a fantastic three points and a great clean sheet.”

Luke Norris scored the winning goal midway through the first half, his second in the last two matches.

“He has come back into the team (from injury) and hit a real good vein of form,” said the manager.

“The ball was pinging about but he dispatched it very well.

“We had a couple of chances in the second half, where we caught them on the counter-attack, to put the game to bed, but it wasn’t to be.”

Ryan Jackson was making his first start in four but came off injured. That was confirmed afterwards as just being cramp. Max Ehmer has no lasting damage from a blow to his nose that led to him being substituted late on.

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