Date: 13th April 2016 at 7:20pm
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Manager Justin Edinburgh has said that defeat to Walsall in last night’s game was very tough for Gillingham to take.

Hosting the side at the Priestfield Stadium for the game and looking to further consolidate the Play Off spot this season, two breakaway goals for the visitors gave them all three points on the day and Barnsley closed in by three points of their own – meaning the gap is three as well.

Speaking to the Official Website in his post game press interviews, the gaffer explained that he was like the players at full time – flat with disappointment.

Especially as they had missed the penalty and in his mind, effectively caused their own downfall in the game.

‘I`m extremely disappointed, hurt, flat, low – everything that you can imagine. The players are the same, I’m sure the fans are, and it`s a tough one to take. For the first 30 minutes we were very good, but the second half was as poor as we`ve probably been throughout the season. We undid ourselves for their first, and we got caught on the counter for the second. We were probably the masters of our own downfall tonight.’

Speaking more about the penalty, whilst he couldn’t blame Norris outright for the miss as it happens in football, he knew it was pivotal to how the game turned out.

‘It`s no criticism but the penalty had a change and swing in the game. We lost confidence, they gained it. It rocked us, put us on our heels and Walsall certainly gained from that. I’ve just watched Sergio Aguero miss a penalty in a Champions League quarter-final, so who am I to say he shouldn’t miss? It happens.’

Taking the positives from that first half an hour though, he went on to say.

‘We had an edge, I thought we looked like we were going to score. We looked a threat. We know we`re better than that – second half performance. We haven`t been beaten at our best, we`ve been beaten well below par.’

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