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Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh impressed with his side's resolve as they draw with Swindon Town

Justin Edinburgh admitted it was a frustrating night for all at Priestfield on Tuesday.

Opponents Swindon Town set up to make life difficult for the Gills and almost went away with a win.

It took a late goal from Rory Donnelly to level the scores.

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Gillingham's Billy Knott is brought down by Swindon's Anton Rodgers. Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham's Billy Knott is brought down by Swindon's Anton Rodgers. Picture: Ady Kerry

Gills boss Edinburgh said: “In terms of a team trying to win the game, we would see it as two points dropped, because we are at home and as a group we want to win and sometimes expect to win.

“But to come from behind again has shown a real sense of character that is in the team and, where I said the atmosphere was quiet on Saturday, the crowd played a part in making sure we got back into the game.”


The Gills came from behind at the start of the season to twice beat Southend, in the league and cup.

Edinburgh said: “You have to look at it as a positive but we don’t want that to become a habit, going behind in games, because the statistics will tell you that it is not always easy to come from behind and win.

“More teams win from taking the lead than coming from behind. It is something we need to address but I think the penalty (which put Swindon ahead) was against the run of play and it was a frustrating night for the players.

“In the second half we certainly played with a purpose.

"Credit to Swindon, nobody is going to come here and allow us to win, at times they had 11 men behind the ball for long periods. It is difficult but the players stuck to the task, they got back into the game and looked like they were going to go on and win it.

“As staff and the crowd, we were getting frustrated, but you can imagine how the players were feeling?

“It was very congested and very difficult to find areas to open them up but even after falling behind, which was the worst case scenario that could happen in the game, the players found some real resolve and got back into the game."

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