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Gillingham manager Mark Stimson praises the talents of Simeon Jackson

Mark Stimson and Simeon Jackson
Mark Stimson and Simeon Jackson

Gills boss Mark Stimson talks tactics with striker Simeon Jackson

Gillingham manager Mark Stimson has urged the club's fans to appreciate and enjoy the goalscoring talents of Simeon Jackson.

The Gills boss was delighted not to get any offers for the 22-year-old striker on transfer deadline day last week, as his stock continues to rise.

Stimson said: "I think the crowd have jumped on what I said last year, appreciate him and enjoy him, because you just don’t know how long he will be at the club.

"If he keeps scoring goals somebody sooner or later will come in for him, but he is a pleasure to work with and to watch every time he plays.

"He loves scoring goals, and was disappointed with some of his team-mates afterwards that they didn’t set him up for his hat-trick, which is a great sign. I would be more worried if he didn’t say anything."

Stimson was also impressed with Luke Rooney’s debut goal.

"He is technically a very good footballer, and he did well in pre-season," said Stimson. "He has got an eye for goal and certainly let it go.

"To score his first goal for the club like that in front of the Rainham End was great, and I am sure he slept well on Saturday night just thinking about it."

He added: "The performance and the result against Exeter was good. I think we could have scored five quite comfortably.

"We wanted to win the game, and be on the front foot from the start. It was only 1-0 at half-time, and if you don’t kill teams off, they can come back at you.

"We said maintain what we are doing, and test their keeper even more. What better way to start the second half than to see Jacko loop the ball over him for our second?"

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