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Dartford manager Steve King praises midfielder Jack Jebb and his influence since Noor Husin joined Southend United

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Dartford manager Steve King believes midfielder Jack Jebb has taken his game to another level.

The 26-year-old has played a big role in Dartford’s revival in National League South.

Dartford midfielder Jack Jebb. Picture: Keith Gillard
Dartford midfielder Jack Jebb. Picture: Keith Gillard

Since the departure of Noor Husin to Southend in January, he’s thrived with more responsibility on his shoulders.

King said: “Since Noor has gone I think he’s stepped up to the plate. He’s been outstanding.

“You’re just begging for a free-kick to be given outside the area because he’s capable of scoring.

“We’ve had chats, I’ve told him that he needs to step his game up which is what he’s done. He’s been outstanding in the last six to eight weeks, I think he’s been brilliant.”

When asked if there was a better midfielder technically in the division, King responded: “Technically, no, and I’ve seen him use his left foot a lot more now as well as his right.

“He’s practising really hard, after training he’s the last one out there doing 10, 20, 30 free-kicks on his own. We have to get him off there every Thursday.

“Credit to Jack, the way he’s playing I think he’s really stepped up and is carrying the fight. He can’t do any more than put balls on plates for people.

“The ball he put in for Kristian Campbell at the back post in the second half on Saturday was just begging to be headed in.

“He makes us tick, he gets on the ball and sprays it around. He’s a good lad as well, a nice person in the squad and he deserves all the credit.”

King, who takes his side to Hampton this Saturday, was hoping to add to his squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Injuries have hit hard at the wrong time for Dartford, with George Porter (groin) the latest to join those on the sidelines.

King believes it makes Dartford’s ability to stay on the fringes of the title race all the more impressive.

“It’s the worst (run of injuries) I’ve known as a manager,” he said. “It’s terrible. We’ve got so many missing and then George Porter went down on Saturday. His groin’s gone and that’s not a week.

“Danny Leonard was ill, Jayden Sweeney is playing with an injury at left-back.

Dartford's Jack Jebb hits the woodwork from a free-kick against Tonbridge earlier this season. Picture: David Couldridge
Dartford's Jack Jebb hits the woodwork from a free-kick against Tonbridge earlier this season. Picture: David Couldridge

“Injuries are injuries, there’s nothing we can do about it. Everyone’s giving everything in the games.

“It’s nothing to do with (training). Jernade Meade had a hairline fracture of the pelvis, Luke Allen is a groin - and he’s never had a groin injury before.

“I want to bring a couple in. The club have been really good and said I can sign a couple of players.

“I’m trying, I’m working my socks off to do it and get a couple over the line. If one of the centre-backs goes down then Kory Roberts would go in there but then we’ve got no full-back.

“We’ve got Kristian Campbell who can cover at left-back now but I think we need another midfield player and a right-back.”

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