Published: 22:00, 11 August 2015
Justin Edinburgh was delighted to see his side emerge victorious from a tough encounter at Plymouth Argyle.
The Gills had to ride their luck at times but came from a goal down to win with two strikes in the last five minutes.
“It was a tight affair and very competitive but nothing that we didn’t expect,” said Gills boss Edinburgh.
“We knew we would be pushed all the way. We are delighted to have come out victorious, to come from behind and to get another victory and go through to the next round. I’m very happy.”
Plymouth went ahead in the tie with 11 minutes left but the Gills manager admitted they could do little about the finish.
He said: “We could have done better to avoid the cross and stop that coming in but our player has lost his footing at a crucial time. It was an outstanding individual goal, it was a great strike.”
Just minutes earlier Bradley Dack had seen a “goal” ruled for off-side but the explanation was a new one for Edinburgh.
Dack netted after the ball had come off a Plymouth player but had still been penalised by the linesman.
“I have learned a rule tonight,” he said.
“If it’s an accidental ricochet then it is offside and I am bemused by it. Obviously new rules come in every day and I am just flabbergasted how that goal has not stood.”
Dack did get on the scoresheet, however, to level the scores with five minutes left. Two minutes later Jake Hessenthaler scored the winner.
“It was a great finish (from Dack) and that is what he has got,” said the Gills manager.
“He has got great composure and he just pops up in those little areas and between the lines. He broke away and it was a sublime finish.
“The second one was a great little touch from Rory Donnelly, across to Hessenthaler, to nod in for the win.
“All in all we are absolutely delighted to have come from behind and win the game.”