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Port Vale 2 Gillingham 1 - Boss Justin Edinburgh frustrated as team throw away a lead again

For the third game running the Gills failed to claim a victory from a winning position, something boss Justin Edinburgh knows needs to change.

Gillingham led Sheffield United 1-0 before conceding two second half goals to finish with nothing and the same happened at Port Vale on Saturday.

Inbetween those games the Gills claimed just a point from their home game against Bradford after taking a 12 minute lead.

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

Edinburgh said: “At the present we aren’t able to make sure we see games out and that is becoming a bit of an issue. It has to be addressed and has to be something we do better at.

“We are capable of doing it and it is something we have to put right.

“We’ve found that we can come from behind and win games but we certainly aren’t seeing games out. That was a real frustration and a huge disappointment.”

Things had started well at Vale with skipper Josh Wright putting them ahead. But the hosts roared back in the second half to take all three points.

The Gills boss said: “For a period of the game we looked very good and worthy of the lead.

“As good as we were first half we just lost our way a bit as the game faded out.

“We just became a little hopeful in our passing, rather than the conviction we had first half and that give them the ascendency.”

Edinburgh was able to name Bradley Dack and Scott Wagstaff in the same starting XI for the first time but both are coming back from injury.

The manager admitted he didn’t have enough options on the bench to change thing late in the game.

He said: “We were very good (first half). The players have given me energy.

“It was Dack’s first game where he was fit, he ran out of steam. Wagstaff was playing his first 90.

“We probably would have liked to make changes but we didn’t have the right personnel to be able to do that. I can’t fault the players for their running efforts and commitment. It was just a bit too much for us in the end to see the game out.”

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