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Jake Hessenthaler said he hoped dad Andy would be proud of him after his wonder strike against Coventry.
Hessenthaler scored his first goal in professional football with a stunning 40-yard lob that went in off the bar to clinch a 4-2 victory.
It drew comparisons with Gills legend Andy’s long-range strike in the play-off semi-finals at Stoke in 2000.
Andy was scouting for Burnley on Tuesday night and missed his son’s goal but Jake said: “Hopefully, he’ll be proud of me. I’ll just say ‘have you hit a better one than that?’ but I think he might have.
“Stoke away was good in the play-off semis, so it was probably a better occasion as well. I might let him have that one.”
Young Hessenthaler was urged to shoot by the crowd on Tuesday night with City keeper Joe Murphy well out of his goal.
It was his first goal in any game for two years and the 19-year-old recalled his big moment after Cody McDonald challenged Murphy for the ball.
He said: “I heard the crowd shout and I thought ‘what have you got to lose, just hit it’ and luckily I’ve hit it well and it’s crept in under the bar. I was delighted."
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