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Justin Edinburgh felt the Gillingham crowd were vital in helping earn a point against Bradford City

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh thanked the fans for playing their part on Saturday.

The volume rose during the second half and that helped the Gills claim a point from their unbeaten League 1 opponents, a point Edinburgh felt his side deserved.

Max Ehmer wins a challenge Picture: Andy Payton
Max Ehmer wins a challenge Picture: Andy Payton

He said: “We have come off the back of two successive home defeats and the crowd played a massive part, in terms of their support to the team and I think that filtered onto the pitch.

“It could have been quite easy to have gone into our shells second half but myself and the players applaud them. They really got behind us, they lifted us and they galvanised us.

“They played a real pivotal role in helping us get a result. If they had been tentative or quiet it might have crept onto the pitch but they didn’t allow that and that is as good as you could want, as a manager or player. Those fans realised and they played their part, that’s for sure."

Read the match report from Priestfield here.

Regarding the performance, Edinburgh felt it was a mixed bag.

He said: “I was happy with some aspects of the game and frustrated with others but overall I felt we were worthy of a point.

Emmanuel Osadebe battled for the ball Picture: Andy Payton
Emmanuel Osadebe battled for the ball Picture: Andy Payton

“We were playing an unbeaten team in the division, a very good team, certainly changed from last season, with good movement and good players and it was a well-earned point.”

There were frustrating times when possession was lost cheaply and the manager is aware there needs to be improvements.

“We know we are better in possession of the ball," said the manager.

"We had to work at a different aspect of the game, up against a good side and in the second half we got the ascendancy.

“They were always playing counter-attack football and we had to be cautious of how many bodies we committed forward because they were very good on it but overall I was pleased to make sure we didn’t lose at home and that we got something from the game.”

One of the frustrating points was conceding from a corner.

Edinburgh said: "You don’t want to concede from set-pieces, that is something we pride on ourselves, for and against. It is very disappointing. It was avoidable but it is something we will continue to work on and try and eradicate."

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