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Steve Lovell: Justin Edinburgh inspired Gillingham

9 February 2015

Gillingham caretaker boss Steve Lovell admitted the presence of new manager Justin Edinburgh in the stands had been a major contributing factor in his team's 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

Late goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Cody McDonald gave Gillingham a deserved three points and condemned the Blades to a fifth away league game without a win.

And Lovell insists the performance of Gills, who confirmed the appointment of former Newport County boss Edinburgh before kick-off, had more than merited the result.

He said: "It was a good result in the end 2-0, two late goals and I thought the boys deserved it overall.

"In the first half there were quite a few things that we weren't happy with, we addressed them at half time and the boys adhered to them in the second half. We passed the ball a lot better and thoroughly deserved the three points.

"I think the new manager being present in the stands will have made a difference to our performance and provided a boost for the players and staff. It is great to have a new manager in and we are all looking forward to working with him and that includes us coaches as well as the players.

"It was important that we had a successful spell in charge in order to give the chairman time to get the right man in and I really believe that we have.

"The fact that we have been winning games has given the chairmen that little bit more time to make a measured decision and in the end we have got Justin and we are really pleased with him."

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