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Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh was a proud man after beating Walter Mazzari's Premier League side Watford


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Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh hailed the win over Watford as his best yet.

Edinburgh has been in charge at Priestfield since February 2015 and has led his side to 33 wins.

Tuesday’s victory against Premier League Watford bettered them all.

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Gills boss Justin Edinburgh Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gills boss Justin Edinburgh Picture: Barry Goodwin

He said: “It is a proud moment for the football club and for me to be manager of the club and the players is fantastic.

“It is my best result since I have been manager of Gillingham. It is my best win without a doubt. You always look for big moments in your career and this could be one of them.”

The Gills conceded first in the match but a stunner from Mark Byrne levelled things up and Bradley Dack – who had missed an earlier penalty – pounced to score the winner.

Edinburgh said: “I felt we had to ride our luck a little in the first half but I would expect that, after the result we had on Saturday (losing 5-0 to Scunthorpe), which meant we were a little fragile.

“Ikechi Anya caused us problems on the left hand side, our right side, in the first half but credit to Emmanuel Osadebe, in the second half he threw down the gauntlet and took the game the other way and the winning goal has come from his great cross.

“I thought when we missed our penalty we might have missed our opportunity to get something from the game but the spirit and the courage of the players, to continually want to get on the ball, was really pleasing.

“It was a great game for us to have after a really disappointing result. I stand by that. I don’t think it was the worst performance that I have seen from my team but this was a no-lose situation for us and this game came at the right time.

“I have played in many games where you are expected to go and win and possibly the fans turn up and see there and expect goals galore and we knew we needed to have a greater desire, to run harder, run faster and run longer than Watford and we eventually did that in the end.”

Read the report from Watford's Vicarage Road as Gillingham claim a Premier League scalp.

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