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Justin Edinburgh was pleased with Gillingham's gritty display against Doncaster Rovers

Gavin Hoyte gets stuck in during Saturday's stalemate Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gavin Hoyte gets stuck in during Saturday's stalemate Picture: Barry Goodwin

Justin Edinburgh felt both side were hindered by the conditions on Saturday.

A strong wind and a tricky surface made it tough for both Gillingham and visitors Doncaster to play their best.

But Gills boss Edinburgh wasn’t grumbling about a point.

“It was a gritty and determined performance,” he said.

“There was a strong swirling wind and that played its part. It wasn’t a spectacle.

“The pitch is hard to play on at the moment and it is difficult.

“For the second week running the wind has played a major part to play in the game.

“Both teams were trying to play football but when people were trying to pass it, or run with it, it became a very difficult pitch to play on.

“We gave it a go but both teams will come off and think a point each is a fair reflection of the game.”

Edinburgh felt the wind had a part to play in both goals.

He described Harry Forrester’s opener for Doncaster as a “freak” goal as it looped over Stuart Nelson’s head from 40 yards out.

He said: “It was a bit of a freak goal and on any other given day it would have probably only just about reached the goal, let along hit the back of the net.

"It has caught Nels out slightly but it was wind assisted. It picked up pace and flew into the net. We are a bit disappointed by it but we got back on level terms very quickly.”

Just four minutes later John Marquis headed in Doug Loft’s free-kick – again aided by the wind.

Edinburgh said: “It was another set-piece and again, maybe the wind caught their goalkeeper out. It didn’t quite get to him and John got across his marker and dispatched it.

“That is probably what he is about at the moment, he is bright, he is on his game and he popped up with a valuable goal.

“We would have loved to have followed Tuesday (beating Swindon 3-0) with a home win. You always want to play well infront of your home crowd but I am sure they will know the players have given their all.

“That’s two weeks consecutively that the weather has played a heavy part in the performance.”

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