Gillingham boss says Millwall game a 'cup competition'

© Millwall FC
© Millwall FC

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh said his side will be treating Sunday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Millwall like a “cup final”.

The Gills have to defeat the Lions and hope both Barnsley and Scunthorpe, in sixth and seventh in the table, fail to win against Wigan and Sheffield United, respectively.

A win for Edinburgh’s side at Priestfield Stadium on Sunday would also mean Millwall would play Bradford in their play-off semi-final.

Gillingham beat Millwall 3-0 at The Den in December (above) but have won just five of their 21 games in 2016 and none of their last seven.

Millwall, meanwhile, have won their last three games and have lost just two of their last 14. Neil Harris’ side can still finish third.

But Edinburgh insists his players will go into the fixture with the belief they can finish in sixth place to extend their season.

“There’s a huge amount of hope because we can quite clearly gain the final place in the play-offs,” Edinburgh told the local media.

“We’re always confident, we always believe in ourselves and that we can win football matches. We certainly believe that we can win on Sunday, regardless of what’s gone on previously, who we beat and when we beat them.

“We can take confidence from that but I don’t think it has any bearing on the match on Sunday. It’s a one-off game now, it’s a cup competition, a cup final for us.  We fully understand what we need to do, it’s as simple as that, we need to win the football match.

“If we win that we’re relying on other teams to help us out but there’s a very high percentage that that can happen.”