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Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh saw his injury-hit side beat Crewe Alexandra in League 1

Justin Edinburgh hailed Saturday’s win as one of his best since taking charge at Priestfield.

The Gills boss had to deal with a number of injuries prior to the game and during it, but his team prevailed, beating Crewe 3-0.

It was a win that ended a four-game run without a victory.

Gills boss Edinburgh said: “It was a really important day for me and the crowd were fantastic.

“It would have been easy for them to roll up and expect us to turn Crewe over, but they didn’t, they really brought a positive vibe into the stadium and I felt that when I walked out before kick-off.

“That got to the players and the attitude of the players was first class.

“With the result, the performance, it was what we have shown all season and that was one of the best results for me since I have been here.

“It was pleasing for everyone connected to the club.

“The crowd made it really a vibrant atmosphere, the players played off the front foot, everything about the day showed what our season has been about.

“There were no excuses, there was a real trust among one another and they were really effective in and out of possession.”

Edinburgh abandoned his 4-4-2 diamond formation, as he had hinted at in midweek, preferring a wing-back system.

Injuries in the game meant Edinburgh had to make further changes to the shape, playing some players out of position.

He said: “We needed to get our best players and our attacking players into the team.

“We made changes and we probably wouldn’t have done it had we had the players available for us but sometimes your hand is forced. It came off for us.

"There were players out there who have perhaps not played as much as they would have liked of late, in Brennan Dickenson and Jermaine McGlashan, both who had very good performances.

"Then subs like Jake Hessenthaler, who has been chomping at the bit, he came in last week but was left out. He came on and was excellent, the same with Bradley Garmston.

"You are asking a left-footed left-back to go and play at right-back and I thought he was excellent.

"For me, it was a real squad performance, and what we are about right now."

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