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Reaction: Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh on the 1-0 win over MK Dons at Priestfeld

Gills boss Justin Edinburgh was thrilled at an “accomplished performance” that netted them maximum points against MK Dons.

Cody McDonald bagged the winner in the second half as Gills went 12th in League 1.

Edinburgh said: “We looked complete and we looked composed.

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh all smiles on Saturday Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh all smiles on Saturday Picture: Ady Kerry

“It wasn’t like we were going to win by three or four but we were against a side who have had a new manager go in, they have been unbeaten in that time and it as an excellent win.

“It was a tough game and we were up against a rejuvenated MK Dons. It was a difficult time to face them but of late we have been good at home and I thought it was a real all-round performance.

“Everyone was aggressive, committed and did what we asked.”

Read the match report from Priestfield by clicking here.

The Gills kept another clean sheet but only thanks to Stuart Nelson’s penalty save at the end of the first half.

“It was a game-changing save and it’s not the first time,” said the manager.

“The penalty save was big and at half-time we spoke that we wanted to get momentum from that situation. We got pinned back a bit but we always feel we are a danger from set-pieces, inventive and it’s a great header from Cody to win us the three points.

“I don’t think there were too many clear-cut chances within the game, Josh (Wright) went through and you think you might get another one, but it was a well-contested battle that could have gone either way.

“We had to defend very well and I thought the two centre halves were aggressive, they were put under a lot of pressure, but they stood firm.

“The clean sheet was massive and that’s the first time we have won 1-0 this season, they are big results. It’s something to build on and push on from.”

Referee Brett Huxtable got some stick from the home fans but Edinburgh was measured in his response, although it was clear he didn’t think Kieran Agard was fouled for the penalty.

He said: “We have had ones like that for us that have not been given, the ref has to be a bit brighter to know that someone has stopped and jumped in the air and gone on the floor.”

Edinburgh declined to comment about the trio of bookings picked up in the first half.

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