Date: 25th September 2015 at 7:49am
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Gillingham unbeaten start to league one was lost last weekend, as it was the lead at the top of the table, following defeat at Colchester.

Justin Edinburgh has spoken on the Official Website ahead of another Gills trip on Saturday about his desire for a response to that two-one defeat at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Edinburgh was disappointed with the loss at Colchester last time round but ahead of the trip to Barnsley the boss has spoken about ‘building a foundation’ for another run, but all in all he’s more than happy to be third after eight-matches.

‘You never want to lose back to back games, it’s difficult with successive away games and it will be doubly difficult but we will be determined to get a result and build a foundation to get another run started.

‘To be third in the league after eight games is a fantastic position to be in.’

He’s keen for Gillingham to get ‘back on track’ at Oakwell but he knows, from previous as a player and manager, Barnsley’s a tough place to go!

Barnsley will also, with Edinburgh adding, be ‘many people’s favourite’ for promotion so this game is ‘another yardstick’ to Gillingham to measure themselves by in many ways.

‘I think they will be one of many people’s favourites to gain automatic promotion or make the playoffs. It’s another yardstick for us; they have spent money on players and assembled a big squad.

‘It’s always a tough game up there whenever I have played but it will be the first time I have taken a team to manage there. I expect a tough encounter but we will be fully focused and determined to get back on track.’

Team selection wise he also confirmed that Deji Oshilaja (knee) isn’t going to be fit for this one but he’s hopeful, as he had been ‘on top of his game and in a settled back line’, he’ll be back for Oldham as Fleetwood might ‘be a bit too soon’ as well.

Oshilaja missing out is likely to mean Max Ehmer could play alongside John Egan in the heart of defence once again.

Another looking for a response this weekend in Josh Wright, he had already shared some views with the Official Website at his delight on signing his new deal last week.

Now he too is looking for a response at Barnsley, the midfielder added.

‘We all knew at some point that we would lose a game but in terms of chances we should have had a draw but it’s about how we react now and we look forward to the next game.

‘It’s been a fantastic start and it just shows what you can do if you galvanise a group, be together and work hard for each other.

‘That’s what we’ve got, it’s a young group but that’s not to say you can’t do anything because we have a good spirit and we need to keep that going and listen to the gaffer and the staff.’


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