GILLS STUNG BY OFF­SIDE RUL­ING

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Nick Bull

GILLING­HAM boss Justin Ed­in­burgh turned on the of­fi­cials af­ter Jon Tay­lor’s stop­page-time goal pre­vented his side from a fourth league win in five games.

The un­beaten Gills looked like claim­ing vic­tory at Peterborough af­ter Ad­edeji Oshi­laja bun­dled in his sec­ond of the sea­son but Tay­lor slot­ted home late on af­ter Stu­art Nel­son par­ried Mar­cus Mad­di­son’s cross.

How­ever, Ed­in­burgh was up­set that Ri­cardo San­tos in­ter­fered with play when he tried to latch onto the de­liv­ery from an off­side po­si­tion.

“The goal was off­side, it shouldn’t stand,” he said. “There’s a new law in­tro­duced for this sea­son, but the of­fi­cials aren’t stick­ing to it.

“The rule has made things much clearer; their player clearly made an ef­fort to go for the ball, so it’s clearly off­side. The li­nes­men need to help the ref­er­ees here.

“But we didn’t start well, I thought we looked jaded, although we prob­a­bly had the bet­ter chances in the sec­ond half.

“There are still a lot of pos­i­tives – five out of our games so far have been away from home, so I’m not un­der­es­ti­mat­ing what we’ve done this sea­son.”

Posh started bril­liantly, as Conor Washington had two good chances within the open­ing three min­utes to open the scor­ing.

John Egan and Chelsea loa­nee Jor­dan Houghton twice came close to putting the Gills ahead be­fore the break as visi­tors be­gan to as­sert them­selves on the game.

In an in­creas­ingly end-to-end game, both sides had chances aplenty af­ter half-time. Mad­di­son’s ef­fort was de­flected just wide and only Nel­son’s feet pre­vented sub- sti­tute Souley­mane Coulibaly from open­ing the scor­ing for the hosts on 67 min­utes, while Gills striker Luke Nor­ris saw his free-kick hit the bar.

Nor­ris some­how hit the post with a header when un­marked in the box from Ryan Jack­son’s cross, but he made amends for his part in the visi­tors’ goal on 85 min­utes. He kept play alive fol­low­ing Bradley Dack’s cross and Oshi­laja headed in.

Yet Posh fans should be en­cour­aged by their team’s re­silience. Kyle Vas­sell hit the un­der­side of the bar with a 25yard volley on 88 min­utes, be­fore Tay­lor was in the right place at the right time to slot home for the equaliser.

“The pleas­ing thing is that the team didn’t want to set­tle for a 1-1 draw,” said Posh man­ager Dave Robert­son.

“I’m pleased with their per­for­mance and the work rate, spirit, energy and de­ter­mi­na­tion the play­ers showed here.

“I don’t think we de­served to lose, but I have to say the group have a never-say-die at­ti­tude. They don’t know when to give up. I don’t think that was our best per­for­mance this sea­son in terms of pos­ses­sion, but that was our most solid per­for­mance and it’s a build­ing block.

On the con­tro­ver­sial equaliser, Robert­son added: “I learned last week at Bur­ton that it’s point­less to ques­tion the ref­eree’s de­ci­sions.

“You can’t change any­thing.”

PIC­TURES: Joe Dent

DE­LIGHT: Ad­edeji Oshi­laja scores what looked to be the win­ner for the Gills STAR MAN STUAR

T NELSO

N Gillingh

am LAST-GASP: Jon Tay­lor nets an equaliser for Peterborough in in­jury time

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