Gills boss: Blackpool are our toughest test

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh
Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh
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Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh has described tomorrow’s game against Blackpool as their ‘most difficult of the season’.

While the Seasiders have struggled towards the bottom of the table, the Gills’ form couldn’t be more different.

They sit top of League One, having won three out of three games at home so far - they haven’t even conceded a goal at Priestfield Stadium.

But after Pool’s first win of the season against Scunthorpe last week, Edinburgh is ready for a tough afternoon.

“Blackpool got a win last week which was their first away win in a long time, which is a blessing I think,” said the Gills boss.

“Not too long ago they were a Premier League side, although there are a lot of problems there.

“We have to push that to one side and remember they were in the Championship last season and won last week.

“I’m not looking at what’s happening off the field at Blackpool, I’m just looking at on it.

“I think they are our toughest opponents yet.

“If people think we are going to win three or four nill tomorrow, they aren’t being realistic.

“No matter what people say about us or the form guide, I really think this is our most difficult game.”

Edinburgh’s side have made the unbeaten start to the new season, winning four out of their six games so far.

It leaves them top of the division, and the manager has a simple target - to stay there.

He said: “We are delighted with the start we’ve made and the players deserve real credit for that. We’ve given ourselves a good foundation to build on. Our performance level and consistency has been excellent.”

One thing the Gills have struggled with is injuries with a host ahead of last weekend’s 1-0 win against Doncaster.

Adedeji Oshilaja, John Egan and Brennan Dickenson were all unavailable through injury.

Cardiff loanee Oshilaja is likely to remain out for this weekend’s visit of Blackpool but Egan and Dickenson are making progress.

Not that the manager feels it’s had an impact on his squad.

“They are a real close group, anyone who has been involved in success in football will tell you spirit is the most important thing,” he said. “We’ve had that in abundance. They have a real trust and belief in each other now. We’ve had a lot of problems of late with a lot of injuries in a short period of time. But we’ve dealt with the set-backs well and this group solve all the problems put in front of them.”