FIGHT­BACK PUTS GILLS TOP OF THE TA­BLE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Thomas McIroy

JUSTIN ED­IN­BURGH re­fused to rule out a move to a big­ger club af­ter lead­ing Gilling­ham to the top of League One with vic­tory over Bury.

Goals from debu­tant Do­minic Sa­muel, cap­tain John Egan and Em­manuel Osadebe’s spec­tac­u­lar first pro­fes­sional goal can­celled out Leon Clarke’s opener.

Vic­tory for the Gills was their 10th of the sea­son, a record which has re­port­edly led Ed­in­burgh to be con­sid­ered by Brent­ford’s big-wigs.

“It’s good to be spo­ken about and it speaks vol­umes for my team and my club,” said the 45-year-old man­ager, who only ar­rived at the Pri­est­field Sta­dium in Fe­bru­ary.

“If some­thing was to hap­pen, it will hap­pen, that’s foot­ball. If some­one wants some­one, they get them.

“But right now, this is where I’m do­ing my work and I won’t lose sight of that.”

With Gilling­ham now sit­ting as league lead­ers, it may not just be their boss that other clubs start sniff­ing around.

Osadebe was im­pres­sive through­out, tor­ment­ing Bury’s de­fence down the left, and it was down that side where his pace led to the game’s last goal.

And Ed­in­burgh was full of praise for the the 19-year-old, who is in his first sea­son of pro­fes­sional foot­ball.

He added: “His goal epit­o­mises what we’re about. He is un­selfish and a team player.

“He can be naive at times, but he plays with a smile on his face.

“Ev­ery day he plays and trains it’s like it’s his last.

“We don’t want him to score too many goals like that be­cause it will bring at­ten­tion to him and that’s not what we want right now.”

With 17 games gone, and the Gills sit­ting top of the ta­ble, Ed­in­burgh would not be drawn as to whether he be­lieves his side will be play­ing Cham­pi­onship foot­ball next sea­son.

“My first tar­get was to se­cure our sta­tus in League One,” he said.

“Sec­ond was, can we make the play­offs and right now, we’re in a good po­si­tion to do that.

“Then, the fi­nal tar­get was whether we gain au­to­matic pro­mo­tion and we’re top of the league, but we won’t get car­ried away and lose sight of what we’re try­ing to achieve.

KEEP­ING HIS COOL: Gilling­ham’s Do­minic Sa­muel nets the equaliser

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