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Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh takes pride in his young side after win over Sheffield United

Justin Edinburgh Picture: Barry Goodwin
Justin Edinburgh Picture: Barry Goodwin

Justin Edinburgh was a proud man after witnessing Gillingham’s destruction of Sheffield United.

The Gills put four goals past the title favourites to get their season off to a flyer.

Boss Edinburgh said: “I said before the game to the players, nothing was going to be won in terms of where we’re looking to get to, but it would certainly give us a foundation.

“All week we spoke about giving ourselves a platform to build off, in terms of performance. I thought we were excellent from start to finish and I was very proud of the players.

“Credit to the players, for six weeks they have worked tremendously hard, we played with energy and really pressed Sheffield and didn’t allow them to play.

“We were up against some very good players. They are fancied to gain promotion out of this league and rightly so but credit to this young group.

“Infront of a big crowd, against the favourites for the league, we had a young, young side and they made me immensely proud.”

The opening three goals came from set-pieces.

“We spoke about exploiting them from set-pieces and the game plan worked very well,” said the Gills boss.

Gills celebrate their second goal Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gills celebrate their second goal Picture: Barry Goodwin

“There are two things in that, one the delivery from the player taking the ball and the desire from the players who are looking to score goals. We had that from our players in abundance.”

Dack’s stunner in injury-time ended a fabulous day’s work.

“We know he has that quality and the goal rounded off a fantastic performance,” he said.

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