Boss Justin Edinburgh left disappointed as Gillingham are held by Walsall

Boss Justin Edinburgh left disappointed as Gillingham are held by Walsall

Manager Justin Edinburgh felt Gillingham did enough to beat Walsall as their winless run was extended to five league matches after a 1-1 draw.

Cody McDonald headed Gills into a half-time lead but the Saddlers levelled on the hour through Franck Moussa, who tapped in after Jonathan Bond had spilt Erhun Oztumer's strike.

The home side then fended off a period of pressure before going close to a winner when Bradley Dack's 25-yard free-kick was pushed onto the crossbar by keeper Neil Etheridge.

Edinburgh said: "The goal was a shot that Bondy nine out of 10 times would have comfortably saved or pushed into an area where it can go away from danger.

"I thought were good in the first half, we were worthy of the lead. It was tentative start but I understand the reasons why.

"I thought we grew into the game, started to win a lot of first and second contacts and I thought we looked threatening.

"To go in at half-time 1-0 up, I was pleased with that and that gave us an opportunity to build on that first half.

"I understand we were looking for a second goal but natural instincts for a team who are on not such a good run is to defend and look to hold onto something.

"Walsall, I suspect words were said to them at half-time, they came out and put us on the back foot.

"But we then weathered that and looked like we were going to win the game."

Walsall, chasing a third successive league win, were second-best in the first half.

But they improved after the break and after Moussa's leveller, the visitors, spearheaded by Oztumer, were in the ascendancy until Gills' late chances.

Walsall goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler said: "The free-kick late on in the game when Ethers made a really good save was a one off, against the run of play.

"As a unit I thought we were spot on. Our distances to press were very, very good.

"Things we've been working on in training over the last few weeks seem to be coming together.

"That's culminating in us picking up points and getting results and being unbeaten for four games now. We need that run to continue.

"From this performance I thought the boys were spot on. We moved really well, we pressed in groups and we didn't give them a second. I didn't think they could live with us.

"We had the majority of the ball, they hit us with a counter. We didn't really defend it well but we recovered really well from it and I thought we went on again and got stronger from that and after that dominated."