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Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh felt his side deserved a draw against Peterborough United

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh was a proud man after his team battled back for a Boxing Day draw.

Peterborough took the advantage with a late goal from substitute Lee Angol but the Gills snatched a deserved point when loan-man Baily Cargill struck at the death.

Edinburgh said: “It was a good, tough game and I thought it was a real good spectacle.

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

“It was unlucky that we fell behind but it was some finish from the lad (Angol). I thought we might have run out of time but we got a very good equaliser with a very good finish. All in all, it was a fair result.

“I was proud of the players and proud of the performance. It would have been tough had we gone away with nothing. It was a fair result.”

Report: Peterborough United 1 Gillingham 1

Both teams had plenty of chances in an entertaining game.

“It was a really open game,” Edinburgh said.

“We had good spells in the first half and when you have that kind of pressure and possession in the final third you hope and you want to get that goal.”

Angol’s goal 12 minutes from the end came after the Gills defence had been opened up, which happened on several occasions.

Edinburgh said: “We had a lot of chances ourselves. They have got some blocks and the keeper made some saves.

“When you concede goals you will always feel you can do better. He (Angol) probably got in there too easy but the keeper made a good save and fortune bounced on Peterborough’s behalf because the rebound fell straight to him. You can’t underestimate the skill and composure of the finish.

Captain Josh Wright celebrates the equalising goal Picture: Ady Kerry
Captain Josh Wright celebrates the equalising goal Picture: Ady Kerry

“They had one or two chances but so did we. We were away from home against a team inform.

“We were worthy of a point and acquitted ourselves well. We did think it was going to be tough for us to come back but that is the resilience and the character that this group has got, they can do that.”

Cargill’s goal was only his second in the league and it was some finish, volleying home from Scott Wagstaff’s delivery.

“It was a sublime finish from a centre-half,” said a pleased manager.

“Once it left his foot it was up in the air for a while and I wasn’t sure whether it was going to land on the back of the net or in the net, but it was a forward’s finish, that’s for sure.”

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