Em­manuel Osadebe net­ted Gilling­ham’s opener against Sh­eff Utd

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Hash Piperdy

JUSTIN Ed­in­burgh en­joyed a dream start to the new sea­son as he saw his side ham­mer Sheffield United for four, with new sign­ing Ryan Jack­son steal­ing the show in de­fence.

For­mer Spurs young­ster Em­manuel Osadebe scored eight min­utes into his pro­fes­sional de­but for the Gills, while on-loan de­fender Deji Oshi­laja also scored on his first Gilling­ham out­ing, be­fore John Egan headed in a cor­ner.

Bradley Dack’s drive com­pleted vic­tory and capped a mis­er­able first game in charge of the Blades for new Sheffield United man­ager Nigel Ad­kins.

How­ever, bright­est in the first half was new sign­ing Jack­son – he was in­stru­men­tal, with the Blades left un­nerved by his pace and his throw-ins.

Ed­in­burgh said:“Ryan Jack­son’s throw is a very good weapon to have. It causes prob­lems. He was out­stand­ing

“Osadebe was also ex­cel­lent. I’ve never seen any­one with the energy lev­els that he’s got. We have to be care­ful with him, but he’s earned the right.”

Nigel Ad­kins’ men didn’t get into the game un­til the 18th minute, when a su­perb run from Che Adams af­forded Billy Sharp a snap­shot at goal.

At this stage they were al­ready a goal down as Osadebe headed in af­ter eight min­utes.

Oshi­laja played un­der Ed­in­burgh at New­port and he made it 2-0, guid­ing a ball home from a cor­ner that wasn’t cleared.

Conor Sam­mon came on with Adams de­fer­ring to mid­field as the Blades pressed more, which paid off with more at­tempts, no­tably from Chris Basham and Jamie Mur­phy, forc­ing saves from Stu­art Nel­son.

But the Gills showed more de­sire and, ex­cept for a few patches, dic­tated play.

Ad­kins ad­mit­ted as much, say­ing: “We started poorly and went be­hind.

“We changed shape but three goals were from set-plays.We have to do bet­ter than that. We all know that be­cause we want to give our­selves a chance to win football games.

“We need to have six play­ers who can head the ball at both ends of the field. We weren’t good enough, all credit to them. They’ve made a good start and jus­ti­fi­ably won the game.

“I’ve high­lighted it, at both penalty ar­eas, set-plays are mas­sive. In a com­pet­i­tive game, where it mat­ters, on game day, we have got to do bet­ter and there’s no hid­ing away.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s a shame be­cause so many of our sup­port­ers have come down and we’ve let them down – we’ve got to put that right.”

With eight min­utes to go there was a third goal from a set-piece by Egan and the win was rounded off by a 20-yard drive by Dack.

Ed­in­burgh said:“I haven’t looked at the league ta­ble yet but we’ll en­joy it and the per­for­mance.

“I said to the play­ers that to­day was a foun­da­tion. We’ve given our­selves a plat­form to build off.

“For six weeks we’ve worked hard, we played with energy. Credit to my play­ers.”

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ALL SMILES: Em­manuel Osadebe net­ted Gilling­ham’s early opener

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