The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Ben­nett


IT HAS been a rocky sea­son for Gilling­ham, but mid­fielder Em­manuel Osadebe is adamant they will fin­ish on a high and con­firm their League One spot for next sea­son.

Two wins from three games, prior to yes­ter­day’s clash with Scunthorpe, has put day­light be­tween them and the rel­e­ga­tion zone after a dif­fi­cult run of form, which re­sulted in Justin Ed­in­burgh’s de­par­ture in Jan­uary.

After a tough in­tro­duc­tion to the club, new boss Ady Pen­nock has started to steady the ship with wins against Southend and Bury in the past fort­night lift­ing the ten­sion at Pri­est­field.

And 20-year-old Osadebe be­lieves the squad have fi­nally re­gained their con­fi­dence, al­low­ing them to look for­ward and sign off with a flour­ish as they tar­get a mid-ta­ble place.

“The boys are all fired up and ready for the fight and we will stay up – 100 per cent,” he said.

“We want to fin­ish the sea­son as best we can. It has been a ter­ri­ble sea­son. The man­ager left and the re­sults didn’t re­ally change, but now we are pick­ing our­selves up and get­ting bet­ter. It is all good now.

“We can’t look back. We have to look for­ward and fin­ish these last games on a high.”

UP­BEAT: Em­manuel Osadebe

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