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Justin Edinburgh reacts to Gillingham's 2-1 win over Bury at Priestfield


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Justin Edinburgh felt Saturday’s win over Bury was well deserved but his side faced an anxious wait for the final whistle.

Gillingham led 2-0 before letting Bury back in with a goal and that was the manager’s only criticism of his team.

The Gills boss said: “I think it was well deserved. It was a physical game and Bury played off the front foot but we matched their physicality.

Billy Knott competes in the air. Picture; Ady Kerry
Billy Knott competes in the air. Picture; Ady Kerry

“When we got to 2-0 the only blip was that we got a little complacent and allowed them back into it through no real good work of their own, but probably a bit of complacency from us.

“From 1-0 up we had some real good chances and on another day we could have been 3-0 up at half-time. Paddy (Osadebe) has hit the crossbar from a great header and then Josh (Wright) hit a screamer and the keeper has made a great save.

“To not go in more than 1-0 up at half-time was disappointing.”

Jackson scored the opener and was claiming the second, which went in off Bury defender Antony Kay.

Edinburgh said: “When Ryan plays like that he is as good as anything you are going to get at this level, if not the next level up. He was a threat and he got in behind with a great little threaded pass and he dispatched it very well.

“We were looking to work on the switch of play and we thought we could hurt Bury and it was to be again. It was a good move, good passing, we got it out there and Ryan has cut back inside and hit a cross and a slight deflection, so he is claiming that.

“From then on, we looked good, we had control in possession but there was a lapse in concentration. You can get away with one or two mistakes, but when you make three or four, inevitably what happened happened.

"They got a goal and it gave them a lifeline and with balls going into the box something might have happened.”

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