JUSTIN GLAD TO MAKE A POINT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Dunn

JUSTIN Ed­in­burgh in­sisted he was de­lighted with the dis­play of his high-fly­ing Gilling­ham side de­spite be­ing pegged back by a James Collins equaliser as the points were shared at a wet and windy Green­hous Meadow.

Sec­ond-placed Gills fell be­hind to an own goal from Ad­edeji Oshi­laja but hit back to lead 2-1 with goals ei­ther side of half­time from Cody McDon­ald and a Ryan Jackson screamer.

But Shrews­bury skip­per Collins had the fi­nal word of an en­ter­tain­ing clash, al­though Gilling­ham boss Ed­in­burgh was adamant it was far from all doom and gloom for his side.

“I think Shrews­bury are a team full of men, ex­pe­ri­enced pros, and I think we had to stand up to our task to match them phys­i­cally and we com­peted really well for the first and sec­ond balls,” he said.

“When we did win those bat­tles then we started to play. I go away from here ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the per­for­mance and with just a lit­tle tinge of dis­ap­point­ment with the re­sult.”

Gills had lost their last three away games in league and cup at Wal­sall, Steve­nage and Coven­try, so Ed­in­burgh was pleased to end that se­quence.

“I think we needed a per­for­mance away from home to get things go­ing again be­cause we ob­vi­ously know what we’re ca­pa­ble of at home,” added Ed­in­burgh.

“I just felt that we needed to get go­ing again and they cer­tainly de­liv­ered a very good per­for­mance.”

Gills fell be­hind when Oshi­laja headed Ian Black’s 31st-minute free-kick into his own net.

No sooner had Shrews­bury taken the lead, they were in­debted to a string of saves from Jayson Leutwiler, the pick of them from Do­minic Sa­muel’s near-post flick and then Bradley Dack’s ef­fort.

But even the in-form Swiss keeper was pow­er­less to keep out McDon­ald’s 37th-minute equaliser af­ter he was set up by Dack.

Gills poured for­ward in search of the lead at the start of the sec­ond half and right-back Jackson duly pro­vided as he smashed a 25-yard drive into the top cor­ner of the net.

But Shrews kept bat­tling away and de­servedly equalised in the 70th minute when Collins poked a de­fence-split­ting pass from strike part­ner Scott Ver­non be­yond Nel­son.

Gills al­most snatched a late win­ner when McDon­ald fired a shot against a post, but Shrews­bury man­ager Micky Mel­lon was proud of his side’s ef­fort.

“It’s a very good point,” said Mel­lon, whose side sit 19th and just two points off the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“It’s prob­a­bly the worst con­di­tions that I’ve cer­tainly en­coun­tered since I’ve been here, so it was go­ing to be tough, but the lads stuck at it and they keep bat­tling away.

“There are dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties about a foot­ball team and it’s not just about stroking it around and play­ing pretty passes.

“Some­times in English league foot­ball you’ve got to dig in and show the qual­i­ties we did here which was stick­ing to­gether, fight­ing their cor­ner and be­liev­ing, and it looked like we had plenty of that.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

STAR MAN JAYSON LEUTWILER

Shrews­bury IT’S IN: James Collins of Shrews­bury Town finds the net. Inset: De­fender Ryan Jackson of Gilling­ham shoots and scores

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