EDINBURGH’S JOY AS GILLS RUN RIOT
JUSTIN Edinburgh lauded his Gillingham side’s work ethic and ruthless finishing as they won away at Chesterfield to move up to third in the League One table.
The Gills opened the scoring through John Egan but the hosts levelled nine minutes later when Rai Simons slotted into the bottom corner to score his first goal for the club.
But after the break Rory Donnelly headed in Jermaine McGlashan’s cross to restore Gillingham’s lead and Harry Lennon made the points safe, much to Edinburgh’s delight.
“We had to be patient, and we had to concede possession, which we were happy to do at times,” Edinburgh said.
“But we certainly did the hard part well. I thought we worked tirelessly and we were prepared to go that little bit extra for one another.
“I think in a game that was quite open there weren’t as many chances as you would have thought.
“But obviously, when they came our way, we dispatched them very well. We were up for the physical challenge.
“We were as big as we’ve been physically as a group in terms of our height and presence.
“Anywhere you go, and certainly coming to a place like this, you have to do the hard parts well.”
The Gills opened the scoring as Tommy Lee could only palm Brennan Dickenson’s freekick delivery down onto the ground, presenting Egan with the simple task of passing the ball into the unguarded net.
But the hosts levelled nine minutes later when Dan Gardner intercepted a loose ball in midfield, launching a Spireites attack which ended with Simons celebrating a milestone goal.
Referee Nicholas Kinseley infuriated the home fans when he took a lenient view of Bradley Dack’s late tackle on Chris Herd five minutes before the break, the official keeping his cards in his pocket despite Herd needing treatment after Dack’s forceful challenge.
Stuart Nelson’s bravery denied Sylvan Ebanks-Blake the chance to give the hosts the lead in the dying seconds of the half, the Gills stopper taking a knock to the head as he pounced on low ball towards the Spireites forward from Jay O’Shea.
But the Gills restored their lead nine minutes after the restart when McGlashan swung in a peach of a cross from the right to find Donnelly, who scored his fifth goal in three games with a thumping header into the top corner.
Edinburgh’s men came close to doubling the margin twice as the game entered its final 20 minutes, McGlashan rattling the near post from a tight angle before Lee parried Josh Wright’s longrange effort behind.
And it was from the resulting corner that the visitors sealed their win, with Wright’s ball back into the box headed back across goal by Egan, and then nodded over the line by Lennon.
Spireites boss Dean Saunders struggled to find f aults in his side’s display after they enjoyed 61 percent of the possession, but admitted his frustration at their tardiness in either box.
“Strangely enough I thought we played much better than we did at Crewe last week where we got three points,” Saunders said. “I thought our football was the best we’ve played this season in terms of the passing of the ball.
“We had some good individual performances out there, we just can’t keep the ball out of our net at the minute.
“We had enough players playing well to win the game. But football’s like that.”
EGAN FOR IT: Gillingham’s John Egan scores their first goal